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Fredric Remington Short Biography
Fredric Remington was born in Canton, New York October 4, 1861. He was
brought up during the Civil War, his boyhood passions consisted of riding,
boating, fishing, hunting, the military and the great outdoors. During
school he enjoyed sketching and doodling different objects especially
soldiers in military uniforms.
As a young adult Remington tried many different
avenues of interest. He tried college, and dropped out in 1880 when his
father died of an abrupt illness. Then he ventured out into the business
world, but most of these government and business endeavors only lasted a
In the summer of 1879 he met and began wooing Eva
Adele Caten, and in the fall of 1884 they were married. The couple tried
the wearying Western frontier life for a time but quickly opted to move to
the city of Brooklyn, New York. Due to some bad dealings in business and
difficulties in life, she left and returned to her father’s home.
Remington then went and wandered in the desert
for several weeks, a kind of purging of the soul. After which, he returned
to claim his wife and all his rightful responsibilities.
Shortly after Remington’s arrival in New
York, he solicited work with Harper’s Weekly using his portfolio of
western sketches. He then set out to prove himself as an artist. It was
during this time that Remington’s art career bloomed and developed into
one of the most prolific artistes of his time. In his sketches he
portrayed the subject matter that most captivated his interests; horses,
military and the western frontier. And in return Remington made these
interests the interests of the public.
Remington thought this of his art work,
“Cowboys are my cash.” The first of his attempts in sculpting was The
Broncho Buster. In the public eye Remington is reputed to be America’s
most popular nineteenth century Western artist.
December 1909, at the apex of his career and the prime of his life
Remington suddenly died from a ruptured appendix. Remington was a man who
loved the vigours adventures of the outdoors; taking others with him on
long trail rides, nature hikes, fishing and hunting trips. His work has
and always will inspire this same love and appreciation in others, for the
rustic life of the West and the great outdoors.
By: Shannon J. Hatfield