Frederic Remington (American, Canton, New York 1861–1909 Ridgefield, Connecticut)
1903, cast by March 1907
27 3/4 x 12 x 10 in. (70.5 x 30.5 x 25.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1907
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 765
The Mountain Man depicts a dramatic moment in the daily life of a frontier trapper, in which he and his mount work together to descend a precarious slope. Cast by New York’s Roman Bronze Works foundry in the lost-wax technique, the earliest "Mountain Man" statuettes are sharply delineated with a rich variety of textures, from the fringed buckskin garment to the animal’s hairy coat to the rocklike base. The Metropolitan Museum purchased this statuette—and three others—from Remington in 1907.
Signature: [on base, near horse's left front leg]: Copyright / Frederic Remington