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Photos of original 1906 Paleolithic Man

1906 Paleolithic Man

This approximately 15 inch sculpture of a prehistoric man represents a fascinating time in history. The idea for the time-less figure resulted from a scientific discussion of Charles Darwin. On this one particular occasion, Charles Darwin was explaining his theory of evolution among Frederic Remington and his friends. These friends later expressed that they thought Remington had captured the very idea that Darwin had been trying to convey to them of the early human, and his ridiculous notion that they descended from monkeys.

The sculpture’s design of the Paleolithic Man was taken from a photograph by Emmanuel Fremiet. The photo showed a gorilla caring off a woman. The result of this casting shows a squatting half ape/ half man holding a club in his left hand.

This was a sculpture that was designed to be more affordable to all. In hopes that many people would be able to acquire a Remington work of art. With the original selling price was $100 this goal was accomplished.

The Paleolithic Man was sent to President Roosevelt as a present. Roosevelt’s family home was at the Oyster Bay, New York. Remington wrote Roosevelt and told him, “I’m sending a small lost-wax bronze to you with my complements”. One of the reasons that Frederic Remington sent this sculpture was because; it was believed that this prehistoric man feasted on oysters long before he got the hang of hunting the wooly rhinoceros and mammoths.

By: Shannon  J. Hatfield






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