This is a chromolithograph of "The Bell Mare" by Frederic Remington. The print includes Remington's printed signature in the bottom right. The composition depicts a man on horseback at night leading a group of donkeys down a hill, with a mare at the front with a bell around its neck. The print was issued as one of six color plates in "Artist's Proofs: Six Remington Paintings in Colors," published by P. F. Collier, in 1910.
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.
Overall good condition. Light toning in margins, very small losses along the edges, specifically at the top left. Print dimensions: 23 1/2" H x 17 1/2" W (sheet).
Print has been archivally framed with acid-free mats and backing, UV glass, and a custom frame. Framed Dimensions: 26 1/2" H x 20 1/2" W x 1" D.