This is an original print after renowned western artist, Frederic Remington. Remington’s illuminating artworks trace the history of the American West, particularly in terms of pioneer life and Indian relations.
Although born, raised, and educated on the East Coast, Frederic Remington (1861-1909) achieved considerable success as America’s leading illustrator of life on the western frontier. His career took off in the mid-1880s when he began making western illustrations for Harper's Weekly and many other widely-read New York magazines. Accompanying both factual news reports and colorful fictional tales, Remington's pictures delighted and informed an East Coast populace hungry for information of the new frontier. Remington traveled west repeatedly, and greatly admired the rough and intrepid cowboys and soldiers he met there. He enjoyed meeting them and hearing their stories during his visits as a journalist and illustrator.
Remington produced over 3,000 signed works. Most of them were illustrations, but as he grew older, he turned away from the publishing world and accomplished masterful paintings and drawings. From 1895 to his passing, Remington turned to sculpture and impressionistic oil-on-canvases. He created more than 20 stunning, energetic bronzes, most of which were created using the lost-wax method of casting.
The print is a wood engraving on chine colle. The engraving is pencil signed by the engraver, J.W. Evans, in the bottom right corner.
The print is titled “On the Way to the Platte.” The print depicts a scout leading a wagon train to the Platte River. The Platte River valley played an important role in the westward expansion of the United States, providing the route for several major emigrant trails, including the Oregon trail, California trail, Mormon trail, and the Bozeman trail. The Platte River valley provided an easily passable wagon corridor; it sloped gradually up in height as it went almost due west from Missouri. The Platte route had access to water, grass, buffalo and buffalo 'chips,' which the Indians and emigrants used as fuel for fires.
The print is archivally presented with a black cotton rag top mat, UV glass, and a custom black and gold frame.