Frederic Remington (American, Canton, New York 1861–1909 Ridgefield, Connecticut)
1908, cast ca. 1916
10 7/8 x 6 1/4 x 6 in. (27.6 x 15.9 x 15.2 cm)
Bequest of Jacob Ruppert, 1939
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Remington created The Savage, copyrighted in 1908, as a pendant to his only other bust, The Sergeant of four years earlier. Both, miniaturized in scale, represent personality types rather than specific individuals. The fierce, defiant physiognomy depicted in The Savage represents one of Remington's primary characterizations of Native Americans in his sculptures, including in The Cheyenne and The Scalp. Only one cast of The Savage, which Remington wrote of seeing in the window of Tiffany & Company in 1908, appears to have been produced during his lifetime; its location remains unknown. The Metropolitan's example, cast number 10, was authorized by Remington's widow, Eva, and recorded in the Roman Bronze Works ledger in May 1916.
Signature: [back of base]: Frederic Remington / 1908; [right side of base] copyright 1908 / Frederic Remington
Marking: [foundry mark, left side of base]: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N Y; CAST NUMBER [bottom edge of base] No 10