Frederic Remington (American, 1861-1909)
Coup-Stick Stone Shrunken on Rawhide
Signed and inscribed "no 118. Remington Hiawatha-" u.l., titled "Coupstick-stone shrunken on rawhide" u.r., with further inscriptions on the reverse.
Ink on Bristol board, 11 x 8 5/8 in. (27.9 x 21.9 cm), unframed.
Condition: Hinged to backing with white linen tape near upper corners on the reverse, lower and right edges unevenly trimmed, toning, scattered pale fox marks and minor spots of soiling, scattered pinholes, abrasion u.l., tape remnants (possibly from previous hinges) near edges on the reverse.
Provenance: By descent from the estate of the owner's uncle, Richard Mills, of Exeter, New Hampshire.
Literature: Peter H. Hassrick and Melissa J. Webster, Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings, Watercolors, and Drawings (Cody, Wyoming: Buffalo Bill Historical Center in association with the University of Washington, 1996) vol. I, p. 218 (no. 00634).
N.B. This work was examined by the Remington Examination Committee on March 12, 2019. The committee identified this work as the drawing used to make an illustration for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha (1891, p. 25). A copy of the examination form with the committee's professional opinion accompanies the lot.
There is a faded or erased inscription just below the inscription at upper right that seems to read the same. The paper bears a circular blindstamp at upper left that reads "Extra Superfine Bristol Board ANC [within a shamrock] NY". Inscribed on the reverse "III 25 Rawhide and stone club VIII page 25 A16654 [crossed out] RM #175 neg #11,551", "$1800", and "8/09 8 [within a circle]/...65".
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