Frederick Remington

(1861-1909)

WHO S/HE WAS:

Frederic Remington was an American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West, specifically concentrating on the last quarter of the 19th century American West and images of cowboys, American Indians, and the U.S. Cavalry.

WHAT S/HE SAID:

Everything is quiet. There is no trouble. There will be no war. I wish to return.

WHY S/HE MATTERED:

In the days before widespread photography, newspaper and magazine publishers commissioned artists to help illustrate news stories. Remington was among the most notable, plying his trade for publications such as Harper’s Weekly and William Randolph Hearst’s “New York Journal.” Remington was among the many reporters sent to cover the Spanish-American war. In 1897, he arrived in Havana to find there were no battles, no cavalry charges, and no artillery barrages. With no story to cover, he wired Hearst with the message quoted above.

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