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Previous to his success as one of the most influential artists of what we now call the Western or Cowboy Art movement, Frederic Remington worked for the incredibly prestigious Harper’s Magazine, one of America’s most popular periodicals at the time, as an illustrator. The acclaim gained in that time as the star illustrator of one of America’s most-read reviews would set Remington up for the rest of his career, approaching him to many prominent political and editorial figures who would patronize his work for years to come.
Said to be one of the chief works of Remington’s early phase, this oil on canvas was a feature illustration for an 1899 piece called The Military Search for Belle McKeever, which narrated the tragic tale of the titular character, a daughter of a prominent Texan family who was escorted by the American Army to establish a new ranch in California. The article describes how the young woman’s beauty, education, and spirits charmed leftenant Wheelock, who was tasked with leading the escort detachment. Such was the lady’s impact on the soldier that he asked to be relocated to Fort Yuma so that he could be closer to her and greet her family upon their arrival.
But instead, upon arriving at Fort Yuma Lt. Wheelock would find out that the McKeever wagon train had been attacked on the way by a band of Apache Native Americans, who slaughtered them all save for the young Belle and one of the family servants, who were said to have survived the attack. Immediately Lt. Wheelock required permission to take some men and go on a desperate search for the woman who had enthralled him, taking two men with him into the desert. A few days later, suffering the excruciatingly harsh conditions they faced, one of the soldiers accompanying Lt. Wheelock deserted when he found gold in a brook, and the other, driven mad by exposure, accused the leftenant of having killed the deserter during the night. Demoralized and facing dire accusations, Lt. Wheelock resigned his rank but returned by himself to the desert in search of the young woman, but it is not known whether he ever saw her again.
Here, Remington depicts the happy early moments of the story, when Lt. Wheelock was still being captivated by the young woman he would spend the rest of his days in search of.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Belle McKeever and Lt. Edgar Wheelock, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Belle McKeever and Lt. Edgar Wheelock that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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