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Favorite Artists: Frederic Remington

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Published on Mar 20, 2009

Frederic Sackrider Remington was born in Canton, New York, in 1861. He started art studies at Yale, but got bored and switched to athletics, starring both as a boxer and a football player. After his father died, he went back to his art studies, this time in New York City. He exhibited his first paintings in 1887, and achieved recognition as a specialist in the old West and cavalry life. His paintings, black-and-white sketches, and sculptures made him wealthy as well as famous. He lived the good life and died of a ruptured apendix in 1909 at the age of 48. Some say he ate himself to death, dying of "uncontrolled obesity." A few years before his death, in 1898 after the battleship Maine was destroyed in Havana harbor, William Randolph Hearst sent Remington to Cuba along with reporter Richard Harding Davis to cover the inevitable war with Spain. Before long, Remington wired Hearst and said, "There will be no war. I want to come home." Hearst is said to have responded, "Stay. You provide the pictures, and I'll provide the war." The story may be apocryphal. For music, we have two "Billy the Kid" ballads, one sung by Marty Robbins and the other by Billy Joel.

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