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Legends of the West: Western & Native American Sale

Sat, Sep 23, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 93

Rare "Done in the Open" Frederic Remington 1902

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

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Presented in this lot is the Rare "Done in the Open, Drawings by Frederick Remington", 1902 copyright Robert Howard Russell, P. F. Collier & Son Publisher, New York. "Done In The Open drawings by Frederic Remington with an introduction and verses by Owen Wister and others" is a fascinating, early 20th-century collection of outdoor sketches by Frederic Remington and a verse collection published by American author Owen Wister. The book contains 72 Frederic Remington art pieces with a few in color. The piece shows 12 double page drawings, 28 full page drawings, and 32 smaller drawings. Each of the drawings is accompanied by the art’s title and a verse or poem about the piece. The book was a collaboration with the artist, Frederic Sackrider Remington, the verses being written to accompany Remington's drawings. Remington was an American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer who specialized in the genre of Western American Art. His works are known for depicting the Western United States in the last quarter of the 19th century and featuring such images as cowboys, American Indians, and the US Cavalry. Remington's collaboration with Wister on The Evolution of the Cowpuncher, published by Harper's Monthly in September 1893, was the first statement of the mythical cowboy in American literature, spawning the entire genre of Western fiction, films, and theater that followed. Remington provided the concept of the project, its factual content, and its illustrations and Wister supplied the stories, sometimes altering Remington's ideas. Remington's prototype cowboys were Mexican rancheros but Wister made the American cowboys descendants of Saxons. In truth, they were both partially right, as the first American cowboys were both the ranchers who tended the cattle and horses of the American Revolutionary Army on Long Island and the Mexicans who ranched in the Arizona and California territories. Remington was one of the first American artists to illustrate the true gait of the horse in motion (along with Thomas Eakins), The galloping horse became Remington's signature subject, which was copied and interpreted by many Western artists who followed him to adopt the correct anatomical motion. Though criticized by some for his use of photography, Remington often created depictions that slightly exaggerated natural motion to satisfy the eye. He wrote that "the artist must know more than the camera... (the horse must be) incorrectly drawn from the photographic standpoint (to achieve the desired effect). Also, noteworthy was Remington's invention of "cowboy" sculpture. From his inaugural piece, "The Bronco Buster", he created an art form which is still very popular among collectors of Western art. He has been called the "Father of Cowboy Sculpture." This Cream-colored boards hardcover is in fair overall condition, the front cover decorated with the Remington portrait, "Infantry Soldier", a cloth backstrip on the spine. Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. Intact pages exhibit age tanning, tears. Covers and spine are dirty. Quite a bit of edge wear is evident, including crushed spine ends and exposed board at corners. Inner hinge is cracked and a little loose. Some interior gutters are cracked. Inside pages exhibit occasional edge wear. Measures 11.5"W x 16.5"L x .5"D.

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