Rumsey, Charles Cary

Charles Cary Rumsey, American (1879 - 1922) "Polo Player on Pony: John R. Fell" c. 1910-14, Bronze, Edition of 25, 16 x 17 x 3 inches, Signed and Numbered. John R. Fell was a well known polo player with the Meadowbrook Polo Club Long Island, New York.

Charles Cary Rumsey, American (1879 - 1922)
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American, (1879-1922)

The Chisholm Gallery, run by polo enthusiast Jeanne Chisholm, have got their hands on a range of stunning polo bronzes, sculpted by a great American polo player of the early 20th century. Charles Cary Rumsey (1879-1922) was a well renowned artist from Buffalo and upstate New York, best known for his equestrian art.He was also an eight-goal polo player at the Meadow Brook Polo Club in Long Island, who represented the USA in many early internationals. “Pad”, as he was known amongst the polo fraternity, married his two great loves with a series of bronzes, which are now housed in the Chisholm Gallery.Harrison Tweed, John R Fell and Skiddy von Stade, the subjects of the three sculptures, were all players at the Meadow Brook Club during the 1910s. Von Stade, like Rumsey, was an eight-goaler.

Gallery of Charles Cary Rumsey’s Lifetime Casts

Charles Cary Rumsey is a well known sporting art sculptor from Buffalo, New York. While Rumsey’s life was tragically cut short due to an automobile accident, his work remains to be exhibited both publically and privately. Rumsey’s work can be found in collections and museums throughout the United States, but can also be seen around the world, but most notably in France, Spain, and Peru. His most famous work Pizarro rests in Trujillo, Spain and exemplifies Rumsey’s knowledge of interaction between horse and rider and was originally created for the Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915. A cast was later donated to Lima, Peru, which was Pizarro’s burial place. The End of the Trail also known as Dying Indian was in front of the Brooklyn Museum for fifty years, but now rests in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. End of the Trail is one of the best known American Indian images to the last four generations in this country and around the world. In addition to Pizarro and End of Trail, some of his most famous public works also include The Bull, located in Smithtown, NY, The Buffalo Hunt, a frieze for the Manhattan Bridge, Victory his World War I Memorial in Zion Park, Brooklyn, Centaur, which stands at the Knox-Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, and The Three Graces, a large bronze fountain for the terrace of a large manor house “Arden”, built by Avrill H. Harriman in New York.

Charles Rumsey is most well known for his equestrian sculpture, but his wildlife and figures are also attributes of his studies in the United States and France under Paul Weyland Bartlett and Auguste Rodin.

Charles Rumsey was a devoted horsemen and high goal polo player with the Meadow Brook Club. Rumsey’s sport was polo. He played on teams with Devereaux Milburn and Thomas Hitchcock, famous players of the time. A fellow poloist of Rumsey’s was Seymour Knox II, another infamous player of Rumsey’s generation. “Pad” as Rumsey was nicknamed, was a member of every U.S. polo team that competed in international cup matches. In 1921, he was classed as an 8- goal man, only two below the highest rating in the modern game. He had an innate knowledge of horses and their movement that was evident in the sculptures he was creating. Charles Rumsey’s life and career were brief, but his sculptural achievements are increasingly valued by the art world. His love of horses, riding, and the game of polo combined with his art education inspire his many animal bronze, especially horse portraits.


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Museum Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York NY
Whitney Museum of Art, New York NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo New York
Cody Museum of Art, WY.
Nassau County Museum of Art, New York
Petit Palais, Beaux Arts Center Paris France
Newark Museum of Art, New Jersey


Pan American Exposition Buffalo, 1901
Architectural league of New York 23rd exhibition National Sculpture Society
Exhibition under the Auspices of the Municipal  Art Society of Baltimore,
Fifth Regiment Armory Baltimore, 1908
Architectural League of NY 24th Exhibition, 1909
Architectural League of NY 27th Exhibition, 1912
MacBeth Galleries, NY, A Collection of Small Bronzes by American Sculptors, 1912
1913 Armory Show, NY
International Exhibition of Modern Art Art Institute of Chicago, 1913
A Collection of Small bronzes, MacBeth Galleries, National Sculpture Society, 1913
Kingore Gallery Exhibition, NY, 1913
Architectural league of NY 28th Exhibition
Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo NY An exhibition of works by Buffalo Artists, 1914
Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, 1914
Panama Pacific International exhibition, San Francisco, California, 1915
Bronzes from the Panama Pacific International Exhibition, Fine Arts Institute, Kansas City Missouri, 1916
The Sculptors Gallery, Exhibition of sculptures by Charles Cary Rumsey N 9-4-1917-5-5-1917
The Thirty Second Annual Exhibition of Paintings and Bronzes at the John Herron Art Institute, 1917
The Art Association of Indianapolis, Indiana, 1917
Exhibition of American Sculpture, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 1918
American Painting and Sculpture, Pertaining to the War Knoedlers, NY, 1918-1919
The First Annual Exhibition of the Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, 1919
Exhibition by the Society of American Painters, Sculptors and Gravers, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1920
The Architectural league of New York, the 36th Annual Exhibition, Metropolitan Museum of Art NY, 1921
Carnegie Institute Exhibition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1921
The Architectural league of NY 28th Annual Exhibition, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 1923
Exhibition of American Sculpture, the National Sculpture Society, NY, 1923
Exposition Retrospective de L’ourvre Charles Cary Rumsey, Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1927
Exhibition of Sculpture, The Brooklyn Museum NY, 1930
The American Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers, Whitney Museum of Art NY, 1932
American Sculpture and Paintings, Museum of Modern Art NY, 1932-1933
A Century of Progress, Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1933
The Centennial Exhibition, Department of Fine Arts Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Texas, 1936
Three Centuries of American Art, Organized by the Museum of Modern Art NY
Muse du Jeu de Paume, Paris, 1938
Sport in Art, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo N, 1948
A Survey of American Sculpture, late 18th century to 1962, Newark Museum of Art New Jersey, 1962
The National Art Museum of Sport Premier Exhibition, Madison Square Garden Center, NY, 1968
The Horse in America, Monmouth Museum, Red Bank New Jersey, 1970
American Art in the Newark Museum, 1981
Fidos and Heroes in Bronze, the Dog Museum of America, NY, 1983
The Shock of Modernism in America Nassau County Museum of Art, 1984

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