Timeline

1861
October 4

Frederic Sackrider Remington is born in Canton, New York, to Seth Pierre and Clara Sackrider Remington; he is their only child.

1865
Ca. 1865

Remington as an infant.

Ca. 1865

The young Remington with his dog.

Ca. 1865

Remington’s father, Seth Pierre Remington; a carte-de-visite taken in New Orleans and hand-colored by the young Remington

1870
Ca. 1870

Studio portrait of “Dear Little Fred” Remington.

Ca. 1870

The young Remington with his mother, Clara Sackrider Remington.

1872
September 1872

Remington as the mascot of the Canton Fire Department.

1874
Ca. 1874

Studio portrait of the young Remington, looking forlorn; photo by Dow Studios, Ogdensburg, New York

1875
Summer

While staying with his grandparents in Canton, Remington creates his first painting, which depicts a barbarian chained to a post in a dungeon, guarded by a Roman soldier.

August

Remington enters Vermont Episcopal Institute, a military school in Burlington; he begins a habit of filling his schoolbooks with sketches of Indians, soldiers, and horses.

September

Remington enrolls as a sophomore at Highland Military Academy, Worcester, Massachusetts; he sketches incessantly, filling notebooks with scenes of action and adventure rendered in pencil, ink, and watercolor.

Ca. 1875

The young Remington with his dog; photo by Dow’s New Studio, Ogdensburg, New York

1876
Ca. 1876

Studio portrait of the young Remington; photo by Dow Studios, Ogdensburg, New York

Ca. 1876

Remington in his Highland Military Academy uniform; photo by James M. Dow Studios, Ogdensburg, New York

Ca. 1876

Studio portrait of Remington with his boyhood friend, John Howard; photo by Dow Studios, Ogdensburg, New York

1877
March

Remington strikes up a correspondence with Scott Turner, a friend of a classmate who has studied art; they exchange letters and drawings. In a letter dated March 3, Remington writes, “Your favorite subject is soldiers. So is mine.” In an undated letter Remington urges: “Send me Indians, cowboys, villains, or toughs. These are what I want.”

Ca. 1877

Remington in his Highland Military Academy uniform; photo by the Notman Photo Co. Ltd., Albany, New York

Ca. 1877

View of Highland Military Academy, Worcester, Massachusetts.

1878
September

Remington enrolls at Yale School of Fine Arts; he finds his art classes somewhat disappointing due to their emphasis on classical training.

1879
August

In Canton, Remington meets Eva Adele Caten (1859–1918), two years older and a student at St. Lawrence University; they begin keeping company.

September

Once again at Yale, Remington pursues his art classes; he also plays on the college’s championship football team, whose quarterback is Walter Camp.

Ca. 1879

Remington as a student at Yale; photo by Dow Studios,Ca.ton, New York

Ca. 1879

Remington as a “rusher” for the Yale football team.

1880

Remington and his mother move back to Canton. He subsequently obtains a political job in Albany as chief clerk in the Department of Public Instruction, and relocates there.

February 18

Seth Remington dies; Frederic does not return to Yale.

Ca. 1880

Remington as a young man sporting a wispy moustache.

Ca. 1880

Studio portrait of Eva Caten; photo by F. Girard, Gloversville, New York

1881

From Wyoming Remington impetuously sends a small sketch on wrapping paper to Charles Parsons, the art director of Harper’s Weekly.

August-September

Remington travels to the West for the first time to the Montana Territory, taking the Northern Pacific Railway to its terminus in the western part of the Dakota Territory and then the stage to Fort Keogh and Miles City. He goes by horseback to visit cattle ranches and the gold fields; he makes sketches as he goes.

October

Remington begins work in Albany as a clerk in the New York State Insurance Department.

Ca. 1881

Remington as a youthful cowboy in Peabody, Kansas.

1882
February 25

Harper’s Weekly, a popular pictorial newspaper with the largest circulation in the world, then in excess of 200,000, publishes its first Remington illustration (redrawn by staff artist William Rogers).

Ca. 1882

Studio portrait of Remington as a young man; photo by William Notman, Montreal

1883
February

Remington arrives in Peabody, Kansas, and by April is the owner of a quarter-section sheep ranch and rides a horse named Terra-Cotta.

Summer

Remington makes a sketching trip south into the Indian Territory.

Ca. 1883

Remington posing with two drinking buddies in Peabody, Kansas.

Ca. 1883

Remington striking a pose in his studio in Peabody, Kansas.

1884
February

His sheep enterprise a failure, Remington puts his land up for sale and auctions off all his livestock and equipment.

March

Remington relocates to Kansas City, Missouri; becomes part owner of a hardware store and a silent partner in a saloon so he can spend all his time sketching.

October 1

Remington marries Eva Caten in Gloversville, New York; they return to Kansas City.

December

Eva Remington returns to Gloversville, disconsolate after finding out that her husband is part owner of a saloon.

December

Remington leaves three paintings on consignment at an art store operated by W. W. Findlay; all three are quickly sold.

1885
March

Remington sells a second drawing, this time with an accompanying essay, to Harper’s Weekly.

August

Remington, having lost his investment in the saloon, leaves Kansas City

September

Remington, reunited with his wife, Eva, moves to Brooklyn, New York; he meets with Henry Harper, and soon begins work as a staff artist for Harper’s Weekly.

1886

In his first year as a commercial artist, Remington earned about $1,200 for twenty-five illustrations that appeared in newspapers, periodicals, and books; this compares to the average annual pay for a schoolteacher ($500), factory worker ($600), or minister ($750).

January 9

Remington’s first work to appear solely as his own, The Apache War—Indian Scouts on Geronimo’s Trail, is the cover illustration for Harper’s Weekly.

March-May

Remington attends the Art Students League in New York; his fellow students include Daniel Beard, Charles Dana Gibson, and Ernest Thompson Seton; he becomes close friends with Edward Kemble, “a pen and ink man.” His painting instructor is Julian Alden Weir.

June

Remington travels to Arizona, Mexico, and New Mexico for Harper’s Weekly; he makes extensive notes in his journal and employs a “Scovill Detective” camera to make many reference photographs of various subjects. He befriends Lieutenant Powhatan Clarke, who subsequently assists the artist with gathering additional material.

August 31

Remington’s cover illustration for Harper’s Weekly, titled The Rescue of Captain Scott, showcases the heroism of Lieutenant Powhatan Clarke and the exploits of the black Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry.