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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/

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Alaska Brown Bear
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11.06.691 | ca. 1900 | H: 6.5 in, width: 8.25 in, depth: 0 in | Alaska Brown Bear | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | "5 3/4 x 6 1/4" at TR; reverse: "MS242. 514" at BC; "5 3/4 x 7" at TR and BR; | bear, dog and boy falling through space into water | A.P.P at BR | 11.06.691.jpg | bear | Drawing | ink | paper | pen | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

"Almost a breakfa...
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11.06.565 | H: 11.125 in, width: 10.0625 in, depth: 0 in | "Almost a breakfast. Alaskan Brown Bear fishing" at BL, BC, BR | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | reverse: "Back" at TR; "37" at BR; "512" at BC; attached remnant of label: "Alto" at BR | Brown bear fishing in the water, with fish leaping | front: "A.P.P at CC; "No 41 XXX" at BL; "page 680 almost a breakfast" at BR; "XXX" at TR | 11.06.565.jpg | bear | fish | Drawing | paper | pencil | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

As my first bear ...
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11.06.587 | H: 8 in, width: 6 in, depth: 0 in | As my first bear looked into my 16 years old eyes | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | reverse: "519a" at BR | young man firing a gun from behind a breastwork of fallen timber at a lunging bear | 11.06.587.jpg | Man | gun | bear | trees | Drawing | tracing paper | pencil | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

As my first bear ...
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11.06.589 | H: 11.75 in, width: 1.075 in, depth: 0 in | As my first bear looked to my 16 year old eyes | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | "519c 10" at CR | man firing gun behind timber breastworks at a lunging bear | 11.06.589.jpg | bear | gun | trees | Man | Drawing | pencil | paper | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

As my first bear ...
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11.06.588 | H: 8 in, width: 6.25 in, depth: 0 in | As my first bear looked to my sixteen year old eyes | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | "as my first bear looked ("as old" penciled out) into my 16 year old eyes" at CL and CC; "Sketch by A. Phimester Proctor Nona Proctor Church" at BL to BC | man firing gun behind timber breastworks at lunging bear | 11.06.588.jpg | trees | gun | Man | bear | Drawing | paper | pencil | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

A gravity charge
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11.06.649 | H: 9.5 in, width: 8.1875 in, depth: 0 in | A gravity charge | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | reverse: "573b" at BR; By A. Phimester Proctor / Nora Proctor Church on attached paper at BL to BC; "5" at TC; glue residue at TL, TC and TR, and at BL and BR; purple-colored paper at TL, TC and TR; corners slightly worn | man with rifle running from a bear which is sliding down hill on his stomach towards him | 11.06.649.jpg | Man | rifle | bear | Drawing | pen | ink | paper | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

a gravity charge
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11.06.648 | H: 8.0625 in, width: 7.125 in, depth: 0 in | a gravity charge | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | "a gravity charge" at BR; reverse: "5673" at TC; "Sketch by A. Phimester Proctor / Nora Proctor Church" at BL through BC | man running with rifle at approaching bear sliding down hill towards him on his stomach | 11.06.648.jpg | Man | bear | rifle | Drawing | pencil | paper | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

bear and buffalo
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11.06.426 | H: 8.875 in, width: 7.375 in, depth: 0 in | bear and buffalo | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | 11.06.426.jpg | buffalo | bear | Print | Etching on paper | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

Bear attacking Mo...
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11.06.653 | H: 9.75 in, width: 11.5 in, depth: 0 in | Bear attacking Mountain Jim | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | "No. 5 - IV, p.25" at BL; "Mountain Jim" at BC; reverse: "574d" at CR; "Back" at TC; " A13" at BR | two separate drawings showing man defending himself against attacking bear while cub looks on | A.P.P at CC | 11.06.653.jpg | Man | cubs | bear | Drawing | paper | pen | ink | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

Bear attacking Mo...
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11.06.652 | H: 9125 in, width: 5.3125 in, depth: 0 in | Bear attacking Mountain Jim | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | "Mountain Jim" at BR; reverse: "574c" at BC; "A3" at BR | man defending himself against attacking bear while cub looks on | 11.06.652.jpg | cubs | bear | Man | Drawing | pencil | paper | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

Bear attacking Mo...
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11.06.650 | H: 3.625 in, width: 5.5 in, depth: 0 in | Bear attacking Mountain Jim | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | reverse: "574a" at BR" | man attempting to beat off a bear looked on by two bear cubs | 11.06.650.jpg | cubs | bear | Man | Drawing | tracing paper | pencil | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

Bear attacking Mo...
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11.06.651 | H: 8 in, width: 10.5625 in, depth: 0 in | Bear attacking Mountain Jim | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | "Mountain Jim" at BR; reverse: "574b" at BC | two separate drawings showing man defending himself against attacking bear while cub looks on | A.P.P at BR | 11.06.651.jpg | cubs | bear | Man | Drawing | pencil | paper | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

"Bear Camp"
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11.06.762 | H: 3.5 in, width: 4.5 in, depth: 0 in | "Bear Camp" | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | "Old Gris", "Bear Camp" ,"From A.P.P., Xmas., 1887.(A.S.)" | 11.06.762.jpg | bear | tent | cookware | trees | Drawing | pen | ink | paper | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

Bear Climbing
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11.06.413 | unknown | H: 9.125 in, width: 7.375 in, depth: 0 in | Bear Climbing | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | "A. P. P" at BR. | 11.06.413.jpg | bear | Print | Etching on paper | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

Bear Fishing with...
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11.06.416 | unknown | H: 7.4375 in, width: 9.0625 in, depth: 0 in | Bear Fishing with Cubs | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | 11.06.416.jpg | bear | cubs | Print | Etching on paper | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

Big Kodiak
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11.06.647 | H: 4.5 in, width: 8 in, depth: 0 in | Big Kodiak | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | "Big Kodiak (?) a charge by gravitation; reverse: "572" at BC | man with rifle running from bear which is sliding downwards toward him on his stomach | 11.06.647.jpg | Man | rifle | bear | Drawing | paper | pencil | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

Close to Trouble
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11.06.644 | H: 11.5625 in, width: 9.6875 in, depth: 0 in | Close to Trouble | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | tracing overlay: "Ch XXIII" at TL, and "TYPE AREA"; "1917 No 52 - Close to Trouble - Page 581 - no. 37 XXV pp. 14-15 to be finished" from TL to TR; reverse: "570c" at BC; "30" at BR | dog and bear falling through space towards water | 11.06.644.jpg | water | bear | dog | Drawing | paper | ink | pen | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

Close to Trouble
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11.06.642 | H: 6.25 in, width: 8.25 in, depth: 0 in | Close to Trouble | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | front: "Sketch by A. Phimester Proctor / Nora Proctor Church" at BL to BC; "570a" at BR | dog and bear either fighting or falling through space | 11.06.642.jpg | dog | bear | Drawing | pencil | tracing paper | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

Close to Trouble
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11.06.643 | H: 9.25 in, width: 5.75 in, depth: 0 in | Close to Trouble | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | reverse: "By A. Phimester Proctor / Nora Proctor Church /570b" at CL to CR; "Back" at CR; "15" at edge of TR | dog and bear falling through space into water | 11.06.643.jpg | bear | water | dog | Drawing | ink | pen | paper | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

falling bear cub,...
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11.06.645 | H: 6.0625 in, width: 6.375 in, depth: 0 in | falling bear cub, boy, dog | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | reverse: "571c" BR | bear, dog, boy falling through space into water | A.P.P at CC | 11.06.645.jpg | boy | dog | bear | Drawing | tracing paper | pencil | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

falling bear cub,...
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11.06.646 | H: 10.5 in, width: 8 in, depth: 0 in | falling bear cub, boy, dog | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | reverse: "571b" at BR; "By A. Phimester Proctor - Sketch for autobiography / Nora Proctor Church" at TL through TC (written upside down) | bear cub, boy and dog falling through space | 11.06.646.jpg | water | dog | boy | bear | Drawing | paper | pencil | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

falling bear cub,...
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11.06.666 | H: 7.5625 in, width: 7.25 in, depth: 0 in | falling bear cub, boy, dog | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | reverse: "Sketch by A. Phimester Proctor / Nona Proctor Church / 571a" | bear, dog and boy falling through space into water | 11.06.666.jpg | dog | boy | bear | Drawing | paper | pencil | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

hog, squirrel and...
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11.06.708 | H: 5.88 in, width: 8.13 in, depth: 0 in | hog, squirrel and bear | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | two separate drawings on an acetate sheet, one of a squirrel on a hog's back, the other of a bear's head | 11.06.708.jpg | pig | bear | squirrel | Drawing | pen | ink | Proctor, Alexander Phimister

"Kodiak, alias Al...
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11.06.564 | H: 9.9375 in, width: 10.8125 in, depth: 0 in | "Kodiak, alias Alaska Brown Bear" | Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church | "Kodiak, alias Alaska Brown Bear" at BL, BC, BR; reverse: "2 crayon" at BL; "Back 3" at BR; and "513" at TC | Brown bear standing on ground | "A.P.P" at BL | 11.06.564.jpg | bear | Drawing | ink | paper | pencil | Proctor, Alexander Phimister