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The Broncho Buster

Artist:
Frederic Remington (American, Canton, New York 1861–1909 Ridgefield, Connecticut)
Date:
1895, revised 1909, cast by November 1910
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
32 1/4 x 27 1/4 x 15 in. (81.9 x 69.2 x 38.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Bequest of Jacob Ruppert, 1939
Accession Number:
39.65.45
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 765
In his quest for perfection, Remington worked on an enlarged version of his first and most popular sculpture, “The Broncho Buster,” during the last year of his life. For the original work, completed in 1895, the artist adapted the subject, a cowboy breaking in a rearing horse, from his drawing “A Pitching Broncho,” published in “Harper’s Weekly” in 1892. This later version was modeled from scratch, in a looser and broader style. Remington died after casting the revised plaster but before any bronzes were produced.
Signature: [top of base]: Copyright by / Frederic Remington

Inscription: [side of base]: PRESENTED TO JACOB RUPPERT, JR. BY THE LAGER BEER BREWERS BOARD OF TRADE / OF NEW YORK AND VICINITY NOVEMBER 9th 1910

Marking: [foundry mark, top of base]: ROMAN BRONZE / WORKS N.Y.; CAST NUMBER [underside of base] No. 2-
Jacob Ruppert, New York, d. 1939
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