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Bear-ly there: Proctor bear sketches

“I am eternally obsessed with two deep desires— one, to spend as much time as possible in the wilderness, and the other, to accomplish something worthwhile in art.” Such were the words of Alexander Phimister Proctor (1860 - 1950), an important sculptor of western and wildlife subjects, and a significant force in monumental sculpture in the early half of the twentieth century. Born in Canada in 1860, he grew up in the Denver, Colorado area. Hunting and hiking in the western mountain region provided him with knowledge of animal life and behavior. Because of his western background, he became known as the “sculptor in buckskin.” Below are some of his sketches of bears here in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West's collection. For more on Proctor, copy this link and paste in your web browser: https://centerofthewest.org/explore/western-art/research/alexander-phimister-proctor/

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
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Alaska Brown Bear
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"Almost a breakfa...
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As my first bear ...
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As my first bear ...
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A gravity charge
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a gravity charge
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bear and buffalo
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Bear attacking Mo...
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Bear attacking Mo...
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"Bear Camp"
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Bear Climbing
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Bear Fishing with...
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Big Kodiak
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Close to Trouble
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Close to Trouble
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Close to Trouble
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falling bear cub,...
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hog, squirrel and...
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"Kodiak, alias Al...
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