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My Dear Bartelli [Riccardo Bertelli]

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My Dear Bartelli [Riccardo Bertelli]

Artist: Frederic Remington (American, 1861 - 1909)

Date: 1904
Medium: pen and ink on paper
8 1/16 x 5 1/16 in. (20.5 x 12.9 cm)
Classification: Documentary Artifacts
Inscribed: Yours faithfully / Frederic Remington (upper right, page 2)
Markings: 301 Webster Ave / New Rochelle, N. Y. / May 7. (upper right, in ink)
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number: 11.107.3
Accession Number: 1965.1.397
Label Text:In this letter, Remington discussed the model for his sculpture Polo. The foundry would use it to make bronzes of three horses and riders colliding in a polo match. It was a dynamic composition, but the subject was not as popular as his Western cowboys were. The letter reveals the artist’s zeal to complete the process. He wanted the foundry to take the model and then he wanted to know when he could come in to do retouching. He was cautious, however, in protecting his copyright of the sculpture.

Provenance: 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