The period from about 1880 to 1920 is often referred to as the “Golden Age” of American illustration. Advances in technology made high quality color reproduction affordable for the mass market. At the same time Americans were taking to the woods, fields and marshes as never before. Now rod and gun could be perceived as not only tools of subsistence but as accouterments of a new aristocracy. The talent pool was deep as well. With the brisk market for pictorial representations of every stripe- and with photography still in its infancy- there may have never been a time in American history when art seemed such an attractive career or when so many gifted individuals were drawn to it.
Lynn Boque Hunt called “The Audubon of his time” Born in1878 died in 1960. Hunt’s career would see him create illustrations for dozens of magazines and more than fifty books, including his own collection of sketches and paintings An artist’s Game Bag, published by the farmed Darrydale Press in 1936. Another of his many achievements was Yukon Trouble premiered in 1910 on a Remington poster promoting the Remington Model 8. In. In 1976 it was republished as one of our four Remington posters celebrating the country’s bicentennial.
N.C, Wyeth a fountainhead of artistic dynasty and has come to be regarded by many as Americas greatest illustrator, ever born in 1882 died in 1945. One of the great classics Dangerous Bend originally appeared on a Remington poster around 1920 and then on a 1924 magazine advertisement promoting the model 8 rifle and Remington ammunition.
Philip R. Goodwin born 1881 died in 1935. Goodwin created one of the most enduring and recognizable corporate logos in the sporting industry, the Winchester “horse and rider”. Some of Goodwin’s works published by Remington was Right of Way which was published unsigned on a Remington poster some time between 1910-1920, then republished in the company’s 1976 bicentennial series.
Frank L. Stick Born 1884 and died in1966. Stick became one of the most prolific illustrators of his era creating hundreds of images for magazines such as field & Stream, Collier’s, and Saturday Evening Post. In 1916 a painting called Into The Decoys was used in a Remington calendar also some where between 1920-1925 Live Decoy was used on a Peter’s poster.
Charles Livingston Bull Born 1874 died in 1932. Originally a taxidermist he began selling illustrations in the early 1900’s. What many would call Bull’s signature image is the “leaping tiger” poster he created in 1920 for the Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey circus. In 1915 and 1920 Stalking added a dramatic flair to a Peter’s Cartridge Co. poster.
Robert Wesley Amick born 1879 died in 1969. Relatively little is known about Amick, although his images are among the most luminous in the Remington collection. Even the experts are puzzled as to how the Amick painting of a bull moose became part of the Remington collection. Apparently is was never published on a poster or a calendar.