The Savage

Artist: Frederic Remington (American, Canton, New York 1861–1909 Ridgefield, Connecticut)

Date: 1908, cast ca. 1916

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 10 7/8 x 6 1/4 x 6 in. (27.6 x 15.9 x 15.2 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Bequest of Jacob Ruppert, 1939

Accession Number: 39.65.51a, b


Remington created The Savage, copyrighted in 1908, as a pendant to his only other bust, The Sergeant (39.65.52a, b) of four years earlier. Both, miniaturized in scale, represent early twentieth-century stereotypes rather than specific individuals. The physiognomy and defiant facial expression 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.