Frederic Remington was an American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West, specifically concentrating on the last quarter of the 19th-century American West and images of cowboys, American Indians, and the U. S. Cavalry. Remington is well known for his invention of “cowboy” sculpture. From his inaugural piece, The Broncho Buster (1895), he created an art form which is still very popular among collectors of Western art.
The Mountain Man represented one of Frederic Remington’s favorite historical subjects. He relished depicting the hardy trappers who hunted during the first half of the nineteenth century. In this statue, he has portrayed just such a figure descending a steep mountain slope with confidence and surefootedness. The Mountain Man was selected as the official Commemorative Bronze for the 1984 Inauguration of President Ronald Reagan – adding historic value to its intrinsic worth as a classic of Western art. This bronze piece was cast using the “lost wax” method of casting as Remington used on his originals, was cast in the 1980s and has a solid marble based with a nameplate.