The Broncho Buster
1909, cast ca. 1910-1914
Cast by Roman Bronze Works
29 3/4 x 32 1/8 x 19 1/2 in.
No. 5 of an estimated 19 estate casts made during Eva Remington's lifetime. No casts were completed during the artist's lifetime, although one cast was underway just before his death.
signed on the top of the base: Copyright by \ Frederic Remington
Inside the base: N[o]. 5--
On the side of the base: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS[.]N-Y-
Amon G. Carter Collection
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Amon G. Carter Collection
In November 1909, Remington began this large version of The Broncho Buster, commenting, “It will make your eyes hang out of your shirt, get ready to retire the small one.” The model was completed and shipped within weeks, but Remington died the day after Christmas and never saw the finished work.
Today, the sculpture is a powerful representation of cowboy mystique—the ruggedness and individuality of those legendary figures serving for some people as a symbol of American identity. This perhaps explains why a version resides in the Oval Office and can often be seen on a credenza in the background during televised presidential addresses.