Alexander Phimister Proctor: very sketchy

If you know anything at all about Alexander Phimister Proctor (1860-1950), you probably know him to be a great sculptor of animals--really big animals. The Proctor Foundation notes, "Proctor created more public, equestrian monumental statues than any other sculptor in the United States. His statues are located in many major American cities, on university campuses and libraries, museums, bridges, parks and plazas. Proctor’s monuments tell a story from the Old West, igniting our imaginations about our history and a time when the Western frontier was still alive and on the verge of transformation." As the story goes, Proctor would even bring animals home from the zoo to sketch them! Thanks to a gift from the A.P. Proctor Museum to the Center of the West of numerous sculptures--including the plaster cast of the monumental "Rough Rider," Proctor's sculpture of Teddy Roosevelt--the Buffalo Bill Center of the West acquired many of Proctor's sketches, complete with cowboys, horses, and harrowing experiences. Yes, this artist was sketchy!
Curated by Marguerite House

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Drawing- 1 woman, 1 man, 1 horse going up a cliff- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- pencil- horse- woman- cliff- Man- "Sketch for illustration in autobio...
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Drawing- all that's left- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- pencil on paper- cow skull- Reverse: Sketch by A. Phimester Proctor - Nona Proctor Church
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Drawing- As my first bear looked to my sixteen year old eyes - Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- pencil- gun- bear- trees- Man- "as my first bear looked (...
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Drawing- "A Close Call for Bro. Geo"- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- horse- snow- cliff- Man- reverse: "Brother George takes a taboggan slide"; "Sketch...
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Drawing- a gravity charge - Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- pencil- rifle- bear- Man- "a gravity charge" at BR; reverse: "5673" at TC; "Sketch by A. Phi...
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Drawing- A near tragedy for Margaret- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- pencil- horse- woman- cliff- Man- reverse: "Sketch for autobiography 565a" at bott...
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Drawing- A sketching incident - Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- pencil- deer- dog- Painting- Man- "Sketch for autiobiography - A. Phimester Proctor / No...
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Drawing- bucking horse / bull Pendleton 1914-1915- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- pencil- horse- Men- bull- "Bucking horses Pendleton 1914-1915" at bot...
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Drawing- car- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- ink- pen- automobile- front: "Sketch by A. P. Proctor / Nora Proctor Church" at CR to BR
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Drawing- Close Quarters- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- pencil- tracing paper- gun- Man- panther- reverse: "Sketch by A. Phimister Proctor, Nora Proctor Churc...
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Drawing- Close Quarters- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- pencil- gun- Man- panther- reverse: "Sketch by A. Phimister Proctor, Nora Proctor Church at BL ...
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Drawing- Close to Trouble- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- pencil- tracing paper- dog- bear- front: "Sketch by A. Phimester Proctor / Nora Proctor Church" at B...
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Drawing- eagle and wolf- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- pencil- tracing paper- eagle- wolf- "Sketch by A. Phimester Proctor Nona Proctor Church" at BL, BC and...
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Drawing- Eagle with Mountain Goats- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- pencil- tracing paper- eagle- goat- Reverse: "Sketch by A. Phimister Proctor- Nora Proctor ...
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Drawing- eagle with mountain goats- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- crayon- eagle- goat- "Sketch by A. Phimester Proctor Nora Proctor Church" at BC; "55...
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Drawing- Elk Head- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- pencil- elk- "I sketch with pencil every morning."
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Drawing- falling bear cub, boy, dog- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- pencil- water- dog- bear- boy- reverse: "571b" at BR; "By A. Phimester Proctor - S...
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Drawing- falling bear cub, boy, dog - Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- pencil- dog- bear- boy- reverse: "Sketch by A. Phimester Proctor / Nona Proctor Ch...
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Drawing- galloping horses- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- color- pencil- horses- front: "left side" at LB- sketch for galloping horses mounted on a bas...
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Drawing- Indian kneeling invoking spirit- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- crayon- pencil- Religion- Indian- sticky label attached: "Box 5 FFI McKnight M...
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Drawing- longhorns-man- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- pencil- longhorn cattle- Man- front: "5/12 x 81/2" at TC; "Sketch by A. Phimester Proctor / Nona...
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Drawing- Margaret's Fall- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- ink- pen- horse- woman- Man- reverse: "564b" at BC; "Sketch for autobiography by A. Phimester ...
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Drawing- Margaret's fall- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- pencil- horse- woman- Man- title at BR; reverse: "Sketch by A. Phimester Proctor / Nora Procto...
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Drawing- "Mining Explosion"- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- pencil- tracing paper- stone- dog- wheel- shovel- Man- cart- reverse: Sketch by A. Phimester Proct...
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Drawing- my first and almost my last Bull Elk- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- pencil- boy- elk- trees- reverse: "Sketch for illustration in autobiograp...
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Drawing- My first and almost my last bull elk - Proctor, Alexander Phimister- pencil- tracing paper- elk- trees- Man- "Sketch by A. Phimster Proctor Nona Pro...
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Drawing- panther reaching from cage- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- ink- pen- Man- cage- panther- front: "Zoo in N.Y.-Dad ;sketching black panther near...
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Drawing- Panther reaching from cage- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- pencil- tracing paper- Man- cage- panther- "531a" at BR; ruled vertical and horizontal lin...
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Drawing- panther reaching from cage- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- ink- pen- Man- cage- panther- "Satan" at TR; "The ford at [sic] River" at TR; "Pack...
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Drawing- Runaway auto- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- pencil- automobile- Passengers- trees- driver- hill- title at CC; "Sketch by A. Phimester Proctor...
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Drawing- "Shortcut to kingdom come"- Proctor, Alexander Phimister- paper- pencil- goat- cliff- vegetation- Man- reverse: "Sketch by A. Phimester Proctor /Non...
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Drawing- short cut to kingdom come - Proctor, Alexander Phimister- pencil- tracing paper- mountain goats- cliff- vegetation- Man- reverse: "Sketch by A. Phim...
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Marg2309's deep thoughts

This exhibit was created for a Facebook post, and while not a contest entry per se, it is downright cool to see Proctor's thought process in these sketches. We have many sketchy artists here--maybe we'll see more in the "Disaster Dash" contest.