All Off in a Bunch and the other paintings in Remington’s article for Harper’s Weekly, “Coaching in Chihuahua,” refer to the artist’s seminal sojourn at the vast Bavicora ranch in Mexico, not far from Chihuahua, a trip that would ultimately result in his first bronze sculpture, The Bronco Buster. Remington’s essay is a humorous look back at what he insists is his last trip by stagecoach, pulled alternately by a mule team that is “alert and full of guile” and a “half-broken team of buckskin broncos.” As Remington describes it, coaching is dangerous, hot, dusty, and disagreeable. But let the master have the last word on one incident on his journey: “The mules went on with the front wheels, pulling Jack off the box, while we who were on top described a graceful parabolic curve and landed with three dull thuds. I was caught under the coach by one leg and held there… We made the town of Tamochica that night, and the town-folk were kind and attentive. They made crutches, heated water, and sent a man to the creek to catch leeches to out on our wounds. Two men were shot in a house near by during the night, and for a few minutes there was a lively fusillade of pistol shots. It was evident that life in Tamochica would spoil a man’s taste for anything quiet, and so as soon as we could move we did it…”
Very good condition. Minor stain and stretch mark on lower right quadrant.
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