Lin McLean

Author: Owen Wister (American, Germantown, Pennsylvania 1860–1938 Kingston, Rhode Island)

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

Publisher: Harper & Brothers (American, New York)

Date: 1898

Medium: Illustrations: photogravure

Dimensions: 7 1/2 x 5 1/8 in. (19 x 13 cm)

Classification: Books

Credit Line: The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1966

Accession Number: 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 in 1893, a writer of western fiction who mythologized the rugged, individualist American cowboy as Remington did in his art, and is best remembered for The Virginian (1902), dedicated to President Theodore Roosevelt.