Frederic Remington (American, Canton, New York 1861–1909 Ridgefield, Connecticut)
1896, cast before 1939
19 7/8 x 31 x 11 1/2 in. (50.5 x 78.7 x 29.2 cm)
Bequest of Jacob Ruppert, 1939
Not on view
The soldiers who patrolled the frontier during the Indian Wars became familiar heroes in art and literature about 1900. "The Wounded Bunkie" depicts two troopers retreating from an unseen combatant. An enemy bullet has pierced the torso of one; only the outstretched arm of his bunkmate, or "bunkie," keeps him upright. Remington makes a poignant statement about unflinching valor and brotherly bonds while invigorating the life-and-death narrative with complex arrested motion in which only two of the horses’ eight hooves meet the base. Lifetime casts were produced by the Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company, which used the sand-cast method. This example, which x-radiography confirms is a lost-wax cast, is a posthumous cast, presumably done by Roman Bronze Works after 1921, when Remington’s original models were destroyed.
Signature: [twice, top of base]: Frederic Remington; Copyrighted by / Frederic Remington 1896
Marking: [foundry mark, top of base]: CAST BY THE HENRY-BONNARD BRONZE CO. N.Y. 1896.; CAST LETTER [inscribed within F of first signature] C