The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 101, July 1997 - April, 1998 Page: 188
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Cover: The Great Explorers. I-Cabeca de Vaca in the Desert by Frederic Rem-
ington, 1905. Color halftone, Collier's Weekly (Oct. 14, 1905), 12. Courtesy
Frederic Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg, N.Y.
This study of Cabeza de Vaca was the first of ten Remington illustrations
in a series called "The Great Explorers" that appeared in Collier's Weekly
between October 1905 and July 1906. According to Peter Hassrick and
Melissa J. Webster's Frederic Remington: A Catalogue Raisonni of Paintings,
Watercolors, and Drawings (reviewed on page 261), the original Cabeza de
Vaca painting no longer exists. Although Remington's action illustra-
tions irrevocably shaped America's vision of the western lands and peo-
ples, he grew dissatisfied with popular rather than critical acclaim and
burned about a hundred of his works in 1907 and 1908 during an at-
tempt to change the course of his career. Nine of "The Great Explorers"
series, including the Cabeza de Vaca canvas, were destroyed. An article
about the kinds of pifion pine trees Cabeza de Vaca encountered on his
route through Texas and northern Mexico begins on page 175.
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