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!
A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Marg2309