"People I Know", Augustus "Gus" Thomas's illustration of Willard Metcalf, with Metcalf's Inscription (1895) by Augustus "Gus" Thomas

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Augustus "Gus" Thomas | "People I Know", Augustus "Gus" Thomas's illustration of Willard Metcalf, with Metcalf's Inscription (1895) | ca. 1895 - 1909 | Frederic Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg, NY

About the Work

Frederic Remington kept a friendship album—"People I Know"—which included portraits (often caricatures) of and by the artist and his friends. Shown here is a likeness of Willard Metcalf, who Remington considered the best American landscape painter. The drawing is by Augustus (Gus) Thomas, a New Rochelle neighbor and playwright. Metcalf's lighthearted response to his dour countenance reads: "This is what they do to an unsuspecting visitor—Take warning !! but nevertheless Yours for 99 years, Willard L. Metcalf June, 95." Below this appears, "I always spoke well of him—." Others who contributed drawings to this album included artists Childe Hassam, Charles Dana Gibson, E. W. Kemble, Homer Davenport, Ellen Gertrude "Bay" Emmet, and the architect Cass Gilbert.