August 23, 2011John Langellier is doing a piece on Frederic Remington in Arizona Territory in 1888. Someone, I think it was a friend of Paul Hutton's—Brian Dippe, perhaps, sent me a washed out photo of Remington on horseback getting ready to go out on patrol. It's hard to see the detail, but he appears to be wearing his legendary pith helmet.
I assumed that Remington handed his bulky camera to a trooper and asked him to take a photo. I also figured the trooper didn't really know what he was doing so it was overexposed and he caught the horse moving away. I figured it was a moment lost to history.
Imagine my surprise when Meghan Saar contacted the Frederic Remington Art Museum in New York and requested a better copy of the photo. Was it worth the $75? Well, check it out:
The moral? It pays to do due diligence on photos.
With that on my mind, I was cleaning in my studio this morning and ran across a failed rendering of Remington drawing in the field. I had good photo reference from Jim Hatzell's Artist's Ride. Grabbed it out of my Failure Pile and gave it a tweak:
"Same old story. Young men full of enthusiasm, old men full of whiskey."
—Frederic Remington, describing the military in Arizona, circa 1888