Frederic Remington (American, Canton, New York 1861–1909 Ridgefield, Connecticut)
1905, revised 1908; this cast, before 1939
23 1/8 x 17 3/4 x 14 1/2 in. (58.7 x 45.1 x 36.8 cm)
Bequest of Jacob Ruppert, 1939
Not on view
“The Rattlesnake” depicts a horse twisted in a reaction of fright to a rattlesnake as the rider grabs the horse’s mane with his left hand and holds his hat on with his right. This statuette was second only to “The Broncho Buster” (1986.81.2) in popularity, with some 100 casts produced before Remington’s original models were destroyed in 1921. The Metropolitan’s bronze is almost certainly a posthumous, unauthorized cast done by Roman Bronze Works.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Signature: [top of base, by horse's back right hoof]: copyright by / Frederic Remington
Marking: [foundry mark, back of base, stamped]: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS • N.Y.