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H: 27 in, width: 30 in, Frame height: 31.75 in, Frame width: 34.75 in, frame depth: 2.5 in
The War Bridle
Gift in memory of A. Barton Hepburn and Cordelia H. Cushman
Remington titled this painting The War Bridle. The term "war bridle," refers to a "hitch of rope in the mouth and around the lower jaw of the horse." Remington, however, did not depict a rope "war bridle." The horse appears to wear a bridle with a bit and leather headstall. The painting's real subject is the immobilizing and calming of the horse by the cowboys' tying up the animal's hind leg, which is often called a "scotch hobble." In his copyright application Remington described this painting as "Two men hobbling a ponie." Perhaps the artist felt that the term "war bridle" described the horse's struggle against the wranglers' restraints.
top of frame on reverse: (in white chalk) CUSHMAN CUSHMAN. 2 labels on UL of foamcore backing
lower right corner: Frederic Remington / 1909
As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Whitney Western Art Museum. If you are making a special trip, please double-check before visiting.