How the West Was Drawn: Remington's Rough Riders

Frederic Sackrider Remington is considered one of the greatest illustrators of the late 19th-century American West. The artist acted as a correspondent and illustrator for various Eastern magazines, including Harper's Weekly and Outing, and made some 3,000 views of Western life over a 25-year period, striving for visual accuracy and authentic reporting on the people and customs of the West. Remington possessed the sensitive Easterner's perspective on the Western life, full of fascination and nostalgic concern. He traveled with military campaigns, worked as a cowboy, visited prospectors panning for gold, painted respectful portraits of Indians, and wrangled cattle and sheep for ranchers. The handsome Rough Rider chromolithographs were issued in a portfolio of eight prints.


Frederic S. Remington. Remington's Rough Riders. [1901].
The New York Public Library, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, Art & Architecture Collection.


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