FREDERIC REMINGTON | THE ROUND-UP
Property of a Private New York Collector
1861 - 1909
signed FREDERIC REMINGTON. (lower right)
oil on canvas
25 ⅞ by 20 ½ inches
(65.7 by 52.1 cm)
Painted circa 1888.
This work is number 00215.1 in the online catalogue raisonné of the artist's work at remington.centerofthewest.org.
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes, Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, firstname.lastname@example.org, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work has never been removed from its original stretcher. The paint layer is stable and even. The painting is clean and varnished. It is well retouched. Almost all of the retouches correct pentimenti or original changes in the composition. In front of the hooves of the horse, retouches have been applied to a few cracks that have developed as a result of Remington altering their position. In the lower sky, it seems that the height of the hills beyond had been lowered by about 2 inches, and some cracking that developed as a result has also received a few retouches. The gun held aloft by the rider was moved twice by the artist, once to the left and once to the right, and these have also received a few small retouches. There are also a few retouches in the right raised arm. These retouches are to be expected given the artist's practice of adjusting his compositions, and the condition is excellent overall.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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Mr. And Mrs. Rodney W. Alexander, Fort Myers, Florida (sold: Christie's, New York, December 4, 1997, lot 78)
Acquired by the present owner at the above sale
By 1888, Frederic Remington had established himself as one of the most popular illustrators in the United States. His wife, Eva (“Missie”) Caten, described the artist's growing prominence in a letter to Remington's uncle, Horace Sackrider, dated December 12, 1888: "Fred has as firm a grip on Harper's and the Century as any artist in this country. He has all he can do...Fred is told by artists that he is talked about more than any artist in this country and everyone looks upon him as the strongest man" (as quoted in Philip R. St. Clair, ed., Frederic Remington: The American West, New York, 1981, p. xvii).
The Round-up was unknown to Remington scholars until 1997. Its composition bears a strong similarity to Trailing Cattle, the artist's illustration for the April 1888 edition of Century Magazine.