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FREDERIC REMINGTON | HOLDING UP THE PAY ESCORT (THE HOLD UP)

FREDERIC REMINGTON | HOLDING UP THE PAY ESCORT (THE HOLD UP)

FREDERIC REMINGTON | HOLDING UP THE PAY ESCORT (THE HOLD UP)

FREDERIC REMINGTON

1861 - 1909

HOLDING UP THE PAY ESCORT (THE HOLD UP)


signed Frederic Remington. (lower left); also signed again and titled Holding up Pay Escort (on the reverse)

watercolor, gouache and ink on paperboard

20 ½ by 30 inches

(52.1 by 76.2 cm)

Executed in 1895.

Please contact the American Art department to request a condition report for this lot: (212) 606 7280 or elizabeth.goodridge@sothebys.com.

Sold: American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, Inc., New York, American Historical Paintings Illustrating Pioneer & Sporting Life in America During the XVIII-XIX Century, January 27, 1938, lot 55

Howard Moorepark, Hollywood, California

Walter Reed Bimson, Phoenix, Arizona, by 1971

Valley National Bank of Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona

Acquired by the present owner from the above

Owen Wister, "A Pilgrim on the Gila," Harper's Monthly, November 1895, p. 852, illustrated

Owen Wister, Red Men and White, New York, 1896, illustrated p. 247

Helen L. Card, "Frederic Remington, 1861-1909: Artist Historian of the Old West," Scrapbooks of Remington illustrations, compiled c. 1944, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, n.p.

Harold McCracken, Frederic Remington: Artist of the Old West, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1947, p. 132

Matthew Baigell, The Western Art of Frederic Remington, New York, 1976, n.p.

American West, May 16, 1977, pp. 26-27

Allen P. Splete and Marilyn D. Splete, Frederic Remington—Selected Letters, New York, 1988, p. 271

Peter Hassrick and Melissa Webster, Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings, Watercolors, and Drawings, vol. II, Seattle, Washington, 1996, no. 2009, p. 566, illustrated

Larry T. Upton and Larry D. Ball, "Who Robbed Major Wham? Facts and Folklore behind Arizona's Great Paymaster Robbery," The Journal of Arizona History, vol. 38, no. 2, Summer 1997, illustrated p. 113

Larry D. Ball, Ambush at Bloody Run: The Wham Paymaster Robbery of 1889- A Story of Politics, Religion, Race, and Banditry in Arizona Territory, Tucson, Arizona, 2000, detail illustrated on cover

Kat Eschner, "The Poetic Tale of Literary Outlaw Black Bart", Smithsonian Magazine, November 3, 2017, n.p.

Tucson, Arizona, University of Arizona Museum of Art, The West and Walter Bimson: Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture, 1971, pp. 167, 220, illustrated p. 129

Cody, Wyoming, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, The Art of Frederic Remington: An Exhibition Honoring Harold McCracken, May-September 1974

Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum; Memphis, Tennessee, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Omaha, Nebraska, Joslyn Art Museum, Frederic Remington's Southwest, January-September 1992, pp. 64, 92, illustrated p. 64

In a letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Frederic Remington dated November 20, 1895, following the initial publication of Holding up the Pay Escort (The Hold Up) as an illustration for Owen Wister's short story "A Pilgrim on the Gila" (Harper's Monthly, November 1895), the future president wrote: "It seems to me that you in your line, and Wister in his, are doing the best work in America today" (as quoted in Harold McCracken, Frederic Remington: Artist of the Old West, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1947, pp. 89-90).