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The Rattlesnake

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The Rattlesnake

Artist: Frederic Remington (American, 1861 - 1909)

Date: 1905, reworked 1908, cast posthumously c. 1918
Medium: cast bronze
Dimensions:
23 x 17 3/8 x 13 1/4 inches (58.4 x 44.1 x 33.7 cm)
Classification: Sculptures
Inscribed: 81 (under base)
Signed: Copyright by/ Frederic Remington (right base)
Markings: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N.Y. (right base
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number: 21.2.8
: 1965.1.483.
DescriptionLarge version, cast number 81; cowboy on bronco, rattlesnake on ground.
Label Text:Remington portrayed the dangers of cowboy life. In this sculpture, the small rattlesnake has struck fear in the powerful horse. The animal coils his forelegs to evade the snake. The cowboy bends his body in reaction and holds on tight. He uses his free hand to hold onto his hat, so there is confidence that he will prevail.
Provenance: Edward Eberstadt & Sons, New York, New York; purchased December 27, 1957 by H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; bequeathed September 2, 1965 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
Exhibitions:
  • Cowboy Legends and Life