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Cowboy Fun

Artist: Frederic Remington (American, 1861 - 1909)

Date: c. 1888
Medium: pen and ink on paper
Dimensions:
15 1/8 x 13 5/8 inches (38.4 x 34.6 cm)
Image: 12 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches (31.1 x 28.6 cm)
Frame: 18 1/8 × 17 × 1 1/8 inches (46 × 43.2 × 2.9 cm)
Classification: Paper
Inscribed: "Cowboy fun" "Home Ranche" Article II. No. 3. (lower left, in pen); a 9145 (upper left, in ink); 4 1/2 (bottom center, scratched out, in pencil); 4137/ C[illegible]/ 15 (lower right corner in pencil); 7 (lower left corner, in blue pencil); Onteova (upper left corner, in pencil); Mrs. M. M. Dodge (reverse in stamp, in ink)
Signed: Frederic Remington (lower right)
Markings: 2806 (top center, stamp); [stamps on reverse, see media]
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number: 31.10.3
Accession Number: 1965.1.690
DescriptionUnidentifiable sketch on reverse.
Label Text:Remington drew this sketch to illustrate Theodore Roosevelt’s book Ranch Life and the Hunting-Trail. Roosevelt wrote about his experiences as a rancher in the Dakota Territory. In the opening chapter, he described cowboys. “Singly, or in twos or threes, they gallop their wiry little horses down the street.” Roosevelt’s words helped create the concept of the cowboy. He said, “they are as hardy and self-reliant as any men who ever breathed.” He wrote, “Peril and hardship . . . never dim their reckless eyes nor break their bearing of defiant self-confidence.”
Provenance: Artist; The Century Co., Union Square, New York, New York; presented December 1891 to Mrs. M.M. Dodge. (Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York); purchased June 8,1959 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
  • The Drawing Experience