FREDERIC REMINGTON - AUTOGRAPH NOTE ON ORIGINAL ART SIGNED - HFSID 273227
Sale Price $8,500.00
THE NOTED WESTERN ARTIST WRITES OF HONG KONG
AND DRAWS TWO CARTOONS ILLUSTRATING WHERE THE
BEST SCOTCH IN CHINA CAN BE FOUND
The noted western artist pens os Hong Kong and draws two cartoons illustrating where the best scotch in China can be found
Autograph Note on Original Art Signed: "Frederic Remington", 2p, 8x6½, front and verso. Matted, not in the Gallery of History style, to 13x11½ (both sides visible). New Rochelle, New York, no date, Monday. On imprinted "Endion" letterhead to "My dear Julian", journalist Julian Ralph. In full, as written: "Much obliged for the photo. - The[y] move like the patients in a chiropodists ante-room. But its a good photo. - I see there are the G-darndest plagues going in in Hong Kong - Foo-Chin - Ko-so - Fol-hi and other Chinese settlements on the coast that it aint safe this side of the Big Correl fence - I think any man who will go to China would go to Hell for a Pastime. Did you give Willie Bull-calf a good send off? After it published I wont dare go down - some their skinned glad - will push a new kind of edged tool into my mid-riff cause he think I wrote it. Lots of moon-gazers think I write all the letter press that goes with my pictures. I [two words illegible] lots think you also are a drawer I am now pleading with the Cos - tan to get Clark's M.S. back but Walker has got an idea or a [illegible] or something [illegible] a pain and wont cough. Yours truly". Above his closing, Remington has drawn two illustrations. The first is of a well-dressed man asking an Oriental man: "Now Lung Khi where do they sell/the best Scotch in Ho-ho ho." The smaller illustration shows the two men going into an establishment identified on a sign as: "American Bar". At lower margin, Remington adds an explanation of the drawing: "(Lung Khi kept a laundry at 369 Green Ave Brooklyn for Eight four years.)". Endion, a scenic estate in New Rochelle, was Remington's home from 1890-1908. JULIAN RALPH was a journalist for the New York "Sun". His book, Our Great West (1893), contained four illustrations by Remington, who also contributed to Ralph's On Canada's Frontier (1892) and Dixie (1896). In 1890, Remington and Ralph visited Montreal and participated in a moose hunt. Remington illustrated an article written by Ralph about the trip for "Harper's" magazine that October. Prolific Western artist FREDERIC REMINGTON (1861-1909) was chiefly known for his portrayals of the Old West, where he traveled extensively. His works, which usually depicted cowboys, Indians and horses, are notable for their authenticity of detail. Beginning in 1886, Remington produced more than 400 illustrations for the nation's ten leading periodicals, including "Century Magazine", in which Remington illustrated articles written by his friend, Theodore Roosevelt. In 1895, Remington began one of the most successful phases of his career, introducing his first sculpture, Bronco Buster. Remington's illustrated letters are scarce and desirable. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. ½-inch tear at lower margin touches one word of writing, ½-inch tear at lower left blank margin, which is lightly chipped at upper portion. Light show through of ink, pencil note (unknown hand) at upper left margin of verso. Lightly shaded at perimeter from prior framing, two pinhead-size spots at blank areas on signature side. Affixed to mat board with two strips of tape, boards have separated. Otherwise, fine condition.
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