Handsomely framed letter from Remington to Hearst political cartoonist Homer Davenport, shortly before Remington is off to Cuba
Autograph ID: 1318
Condition: Very Good, two file hole tears at top not torn thru
Description:“(1861-1909) American painter, illustrator and sculptor, best known for scenes and bronzes of the American West, inc. The Sergeant, Bronco Buster, etc. Remington sailed for Cuba on January 16, 1897 as a Hearst war correspondent covering the Cuban revolution with Richard Harding Davis. After arriving and a quiet period ensued, Remington cabled Hearst “There is no war. Request to be recalled”. Hearst sent a cable in reply: “Please remain. You furnish the pictures, I’ll furnish the war.” After war was declared, Remington returned to Cuba on the Fifth Corps’ flag ship USS Seguranca. Along with General Shafter and the “regulars”, he sailed with the 71st New York Volunteers, the “Rough Riders”, with the colorful Theodore Roosevelt, landing at Daiquiri outside Santiago on June 21, 1898.
8 x 5 ALS on his 301 Webster Avenue/New Rochelle, N.Y. letterhead, no date, to “D-“ (Hearst cartoonist Homer C. Davenport):
“The trouble with you is Homer – you are too d__ sudden – too casual. You only happen to me occasionally and yet I am doing things all the while. I didn’t know you were going to want me to come to your smoke Saturday as I arranged to go to Cuba for two weeks some time back. I go Saturday at 10 o’clock and will be sick at sea when you pass the butter – Isn’t that a d__ shame. Yours/Frederic Remington”.
Homer Davenport (1867-1912) Political cartoonist employed by William Randolph Hearst’s San Francisco Examiner, in 1895 moved to Hearst’s New York Journal. The Journal was in a circulation battle with Pulitzer’s New York World, and Davenport competed with Pulitzer’s popular cartoonist Richard Outcault. During the 1896 presidential campaign Hearst and Davenport supported Bryan against the GOP’s McKinley. Hearst made Davenport the highest-paid cartoonist in America but this did not stop him moving to Harper’s Weekly. He also switched his support to Theodore Roosevelt’s Republican Party and campaigned against business trusts and child labor.
Magnificently brown cloth and wood framed (25 x 35 ½ overall) with letter in its own hinged frame that swings open to display engraved plaque transcription behind, with engraved biographic and descriptive metal plaque, engraved metal identification plaque, portrait of Remington working in Cuba, and color reproduction of one of Remington’s American western paintings.”
Type: Framed Letter