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The Bronco Buster / Frederic Remington

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The big version of The Bronco Buster was first enlarged in plaster at the foundry from the smaller model and then taken to the artist’s studio for improvement. There are no lifetime casts of the large size of The Bronco Buster. Remington made some changes to the enlarged plaster model and had the reworked model cast again in plaster at his studio and sent to the foundry only days before he died of appendicitis. It is not known if he had intended to make further changes at the foundry. This particular cast is recorded in the Roman Bronze Works records as having been sold in 1917. The large version did not sell especially well (19 posthumous casts were made by Eva Remington) perhaps due to the cost; it retailed at Tiffany’s for $700.

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 the Gilcrease Museum, 2014.

Curatorial Remarks

This bronze, cast number 9, is a posthumous cast. It was first sold on May 31, 1917, by Roman Bronze Works. Gilcrease purchased it from Knoedler Gallery in 1959.

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

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Title(s): 
The Bronco Buster
Creator(s): 
Frederic Remington;
Roman Bronze Works
Culture: 
American
Date: 
modeled 1909; lost-wax cast between 1909 and 1916
Materials/Techniques: 
lost-wax cast in bronze
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Thomas Gilcrease Foundation, 1955
Accession No: 
0827.34
Previous Number(s): 
Posthumous Cast #9; 10291
Department: 
Signed, "frederic remington"; Inscribed, "copyright by Frederic Remington" on top of base; Marked, "No 9" on bottom of base; Marked, "ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N-Y-" on side of base.
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