Lin McLean, 1898
Author: Owen Wister (American, 1860–1938)
Illustrator: Frederic Remington (American, 1861–1909)
Photogravure; Overall: 7 1/2 x 5 1/8 in. (19 x 13 cm)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1966 (66.734)
Remington provided eight illustrations for Owen Wister's first novel, Lin McLean, published by Harper & Brothers in 1898. This photogravure frontispiece depicts McLean, a young cow-puncher, with arms akimbo, wearing a hat, scarf, fringed chaps, and revolver. Remington first met Wister, a writer of western fiction, in 1893. Wister mythologized the rugged, individualist American cowboy in his writings as Remington did in his art and is best remembered for The Virginian (1902), dedicated to President Theodore Roosevelt.