Although known as an iconic artist of the American West, Frederic Remington lived and worked in the Eastern United States for most of his life. While painting scenes of American Indians galloping through the open plains or cowboys astride their steed, Remington's New York studio was surrounded by the landscapes of the North Country.
An illustration of Remington's painting A Hunting Man was one of several images in a four-part series on American horsemanship in Harper's Monthly magazine. In the 1891 article titled "Some American Riders," historian and military officer Colonel Theodore Ayrault Dodge explains that, "We Americans are a many-sided people in equestrianism as in other matters." From cowboy to gentlemen riders, a great variety of horsemen have trotted throughout North America. With Remington's A Hunting Man, the artist focuses on the fox hunters of the East. As a model for the rider, Remington used Henry Lloyd Herbert, who served as Chairman of the Polo Association from 1890 to 1921 and helped found the Meadow Brook Club on Long Island.