This striking bronze is after the famous Frederic Remington sculpture, The Wicked Pony (1896–1898). The bronze captures a thrown cowboy struggling to grab the ear of the bucking horse.
This bronze after Remington bears his signature on the top left-hand side. An edition of 1000, the bronze is signed on the edge “Museum Collections 1982 Cecil Golding P.A.F. 142/1000".
Remington created the clay model of sand-cast bronze for The Wicked Pony not long after his first and most famous sculpture, The Broncho Buster, circa 1895. The Wicked Pony stayed in the artist’s studio for more than two years before it was finally put into plaster and cast in bronze, beginning in 1898.
Remington derived the subject from an actual event at rodeo where he had witnessed a rider thrown to the ground. The rider had attempted to grab the horse’s head in retaliation and wrench it to the ground, however it ended fatally.
Original models of The Wicked Pony by Remington are in museum collections of Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York (accession number: 39.65.48a,b). Historically, official copies of Remington’s models have been allowed, including this one by American twentieth-century sculptor, Cecil Golding.
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.
In very good condition. American, circa 1982. This bronze after Remington bears his signature on the top left-hand side. Signed on the edge “Museum Collections 1982 Cecil Golding P.A.F. 142/1000". The bronze is placed on a raised on a 1" wood stand. Overall dimensions: 17"H x 20" W x 8.5" D.