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The Wounded Bunkie / Frederic Remington, 1861 - 1909 (Artist)

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On the heels of his smash hit The Bronco Buster (0827.33, 0827.34), Frederic Remington must have been disappointed by the poor sales of his second work, The Wounded Bunkie (0826.35). Only 12 sand casts were made at Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company compared to 64 of The Bronco Buster, and no lost-wax casts were made later. The $400 sticker price and the sad subject, a wounded soldier, may explain its lack of popularity. The Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company dominated American art bronze production at the time Remington entered the market, and their skilled workmanship is evident on this cast, which is made in more than 10 separate sections joined after casting. The finishing work—putting the sections together, disguising the joins, plugging holes and coloring the surface—is first rate. Can you see any joins?

From the exhibition:Frontier to Foundry: the Making of Small Bronze Sculpture in the Gilcrease Collection, December 2014 - March 2015.
Ann Boulton Young, Associate Conservator for

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This lifetime cast does not have a cast number.

Ann Boulton Young, Associate Conservator for the Gilcrease Museum, 2018

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Title(s): 
The Wounded Bunkie
Creator(s): 
Frederic Remington, 1861 - 1909 (Artist)
Culture: 
American
Date: 
modeled 1896; sand cast between 1896 and 1899
Materials/Techniques: 
sand cast in bronze
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Thomas Gilcrease Foundation, 1955
Accession No: 
0826.35
Previous Number(s): 
39665
Department: 
Signed, "Frederic Remington"; Inscribed, "Cast by the Henry-Bonnard BRONZE CO N.Y. 1896.".
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