Meadowlark Gallery: The Artist Biographies

Frederic S. Remington (1861-1909)
Frederic Sackride Remington was born in Canton, New York in 1861 and died in Rdgefield, Connecticut in 1909. He was along with Charles M. Russell, a very important Western illustrator, painter, sculptor, and author. Remington was raised in Canton where his father published the Plaindealer. He was educated at the Vermont Episcopal Institute and studied at the Yale Art School from 1878 to 1879. He played football on the team with sports immortal, Walter Camp. When his father died in 1880, he made a trip to Montana. One Western sketch was published in Harper's Weekly in 1882. He joined a Yale classmate in 1883 as a gentleman Kansas sheep rancher, riding to the Southwest in the summer. Selling the ranch in 1884, he again visited the Southwest, sketching Indians and Mexican vaqueros. After finding his first customer for paintings in Kansas City, he sketched in Arizona, studying at the Art Students League in New York City. By 1886 he was an illustrator for Outing and Harper's Weekly.

In 1895, he began modeling figures to be cast in bronze, starting with "Bronco Buster." The same year, he wrote his first illustrated book. One book became a play. His subject matter ranged from cavalry to Indians, frontier scenes, Mexicans, wildlife, cowboys, and scenes in Canada as well as non-Western subjects from Africa to the Far East.

View high resolution images of works by Frederic Remington when available.