Alexander Phimister Proctor

Alt text: Detail of trumpeting elephant with artist signature reading
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a trumpeting elephant, angled view
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a trumpeting elephant, angled view
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a trumpeting elephant, side view
Alt text: Underside of trumpeting elephant sculpture
Alexander Phimister Proctor
American 1860–1950
Charging Elephant, c. 1902
Bronze, brown patina
10 5/8 H. x 14 1/2 W. x 4 5/8 D. inches
Signed on base: COPYRT . 08 . / A. PHIMISTER PROCTOR
Stamped on base: Gorham Co. Founders QUA
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a scared fawn, side view
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a scared fawn, angled view
Alt text:Bronze sculpture of a scared fawn, angled view
Alt text:Bronze sculpture of a scared fawn, side view
Alt text:Detail of scared fawn with inscription
Alt text: Underside of scared fawn sculpture 
Alt text: Detail of scared fawn with signature
Alexander Phimister Proctor
American 1860–1950
Fawn, 1893
Bronze, dark brown patina
6 ⅝ H. x 8 ⅜ W. x 2 ¾ D. inches.
Signed on base: A. P. PROCTOR / 1893 / COPT RT 95

Artist Description

Alexander Phimister Proctor (American, 1860-1950)
These models, all executed early in Proctor’s career, between 1892 and 1902 and cast in bronze, offer a spectrum of the artist’s talent for rendering an animal in a highly naturalistic way. The power and trumpeting fury of the enraged behemoth in contrast with the delicate, vulnerable young deer, to the highly bred and regal equestrian; Proctor was directly familiar with all.
As a young man in his mountain home of Colorado, Proctor was recognized as an accomplished outdoorsman, hunter and packer. In his second year as a student in New York City, he frequently modeled at the New York Zoo where he encountered exotic animals not previously familiar to him. After working with Augustus Saint-Guadens on the Sherman and Logan equestrian monuments, owners with stables began requesting commission models of their favorite mounts. Arab Stallion is one such commission.
Proctor quickly rose to prominence through his contribution of over thirty-five animal and equestrian sculptures exhibited at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. He studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League in New York, as well as the Academie Julian in Paris. He also exhibited at the Paris Salon, and at the Exposition Universelle of 1900 was awarded gold medals for “Indian Warrior” and “Stalking Panther”.
During his long and prominent career, Proctor was awarded numerous monumental public commissions throughout the country, among them: Equestrian model, General John A. Logan monument, Grant Park, Chicago, Equestrian model, General William T. Sherman monument, Grand Army Plaza, New York, Lions, The Lion House, The Bronx Zoo, Pair of Pumas, Prospect Park, New York, Princeton Tigers, Nassau Hall, Princeton University, New Jersey, Q Street Bridge Buffalo’s, Washington D.C., Bronco Buster and On The War Trail, Civic Center, Denver, Colorado, Monument to the Mustangs, University of Texas at Austin.
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