Frederic Remington (American, 1861–1909)
32 1/4 x 27 1/4 x 15 in. (81.9 x 69.2 x 38.1 cm)
Bequest of Jacob Ruppert, 1939 (39.65.45)
In his quest for perfection, Remington worked on an enlarged version of his first and most popular sculpture, The Broncho Buster, during the last year of his life. The enlarged version was modeled completely from scratch, in a much looser and broader style. In his new model, Remington succeeded in creating a sense of monumental grandeur not present in the smaller work. The sculptor died in December 1909, after casting the plaster of the enlarged version, but before any bronzes were produced. The Metropolitan's cast, number 2, was one of nineteen authorized by Remington's widow, Eva, and her estate.
It was presented to Jacob Ruppert, Jr., president of the Ruppert Brewing Company, by the Lager Brewers Board of Trade of New York and Vicinity on November 9, 1910.