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January 22, 2016 4:00PMCalender

Frederic Remington (American, 1861-1909) The Bursting of the Chrysalis

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2878B Location: Boston Date / Time: January 22, 2016 4:00PM


Frederic Remington (American, 1861-1909)

The Bursting of the Chrysalis, 1891
Signed "Frederic Remington." in ink l.l., titled l.c., inscribed "West Point" in pencil u.l.
Ink and whiting on paperboard, 11 5/8 x 7 1/2 in. (29.5 x 19.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Toning, not examined out of frame.

Literature: Peter H. Hassrick and Melissa J. Webster, Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonne of Paintings, Watercolors, and Drawings (Cody, Wyoming: Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 1996), cat. no. 1331, p. 400.

N.B. This work is one of ten illustrations made by Remington to accompany "The American Calvary School" by Lieutenant George I. Putman, published in Harper's Weekly, June 4, 1892; this image was reproduced as a halftone on p. 541. The Remington catalogue raisonné entry states that Remington sent the set of drawings to Harper's editor, Fred B. Schell, with a cover letter dated November 14, 1891, although the drawings were published the following year. The title on the drawing refers to the young cavalry officer emerging from his training, as the butterfly emerges from the chrysalis. In his cover letter, Remington referred to Putman's article as "A Cavalry Colonel in the Chrysalis."
Estimate $7,000-9,000

With a partial inscription in pencil in the u.r. corner, probably a pressman's notes. Paperboard with a partial watermark.

Staining to the backing paper on the left side which does not appear to affect the image.

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George I. Putman, Fred B. Schell, Melissa J. Webster, Peter H. Hassrick