Frederic Remington (American, Canton, New York 1861–1909 Ridgefield, Connecticut)
1908, cast before 1939
24 5/8 x 25 1/2 x 8 1/4 in. (62.6 x 64.8 x 21 cm)
Bequest of Jacob Ruppert, 1939
Not on view
"Trooper of the Plains" depicts a cavalry soldier on horseback, brandishing a revolver. The galloping horse is supported by only a clump of sage brush. Remington enjoyed experimenting with daring, gravity-defying poses that indicated his technical mastery of the sculptural process. The artist copyrighted "Trooper of the Plains" in 1909, the year of his death. The Metropolitan’s bronze is almost certainly a posthumous, unauthorized cast done by Roman Bronze Works.
Signature: [top of base]: copyright / Frederic •Remington
Marking: [foundry mark, side of base]: Roman Bronze Works NY; CAST NUMBER [underside of base] 5