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The Rattlesnake

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The Rattlesnake

Artist: Frederic Remington (American, 1861 - 1909)

Date: 1905, cast c. 1906
Medium: cast bronze
Dimensions:
20 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 14 1/8 inches (52.1 x 41.9 x 35.9 cm)
Classification: Sculptures
Inscribed: Copyright/ Frederic Remington (left front base); N-3 (under base)
Markings: Roman Bronze Works N.Y. (back base)
Credit Line: Gift of the Lutcher & Moore Lumber Company, 1964
Object number: 21.2.7
: 1964.1.9.
DescriptionLifetime cast, foundry no. 3, small version, no more than 12 casts made of initial version between 1905-08; musky green patina common to early castings.
Label Text:Remington dramatically interpreted the subject of the cowboy on a bucking horse in several sculptures. The subject exemplifies the idea of human efforts to tame the wildness of nature. In this sculpture Remington portrayed the inherent dangers of the western landscape. The horse and rider both pull away from the small, but deadly, rattlesnake.
Provenance: Purchased May 4, 1962 through (Wally Findlay Galleries, Palm Beach, Florida) by H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965][1]; transferred December 23, 1964 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art | 1. The sculpture was purchased with The Lutcher and Moore Lumber Company Funds, but was transferred to the Foundation ownership on December 23, 1964.
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