Remington provided this painting to Century Magazine to illustrate an article on the fur trade. The mixed-race fur traders have entered Native American territory and are meeting a hearty resistance. The arrows in the foreground show that a battle is in progress. The composition is simple and direct. The viewer is confronted by the front figure as he anticipates a last stand. The men are representative of Eastern civilization caught in a classic confrontation with hostile Native Americans on whose land they trespass.


  • Title: An Old-Time Plains Fight
  • Creator: Frederic Remington
  • Creator Lifespan: 10/4/1861 - 12/26/1909
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Ridgefield, Connecticut
  • Creator Birth Place: Canton, New York
  • Date: 1904
  • Date Created: 1904
  • Physical Dimensions: 27 x 40"
  • Painter, Sculptor and Illustrator: Frederic Remington
  • Provenance: Frederic Remington Art Museum
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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