Full name: Alexander Phimister Proctor
Born: September 27, 1860 in Bosanquet, Ontario, Canada
Died: September 4, 1950 in Palo Alto, California, United States
Country: United States
Sport: Art Competitions
Born in Canada and raised in Colorado, Alexander Proctor was a genuine Westerner whose love of the American wilderness – social and natural history – never left him. Although he dubbed himself the “sculptor in buckskin,” Proctor’s academic training made him as comfortable in international artistic circles as he was hunting grizzlies in the Rocky Mountains. He studied at the Art Students’ League and the National Academy of Design in New York City, and later at the Académies Julien and Colarossi in Paris, where he learned to translate his keen observations into works of art that memorialized the West without sentimentality.
Proctor dedicated his life to creating monumental statues throughout the United States and made his smaller bronzes available to the general public. His works of art celebrate both famous heroes and anonymous, iconic figures. He mainly worked on life-sized wild animal sculptures.
Proctor’s genius in depicting animals can be seen in the Tigers in front of Princeton University’s Nassau Hall. The Animal House in New York’s Zoological Gardens showcases his monkeys, elephants, rhinoceros and frogs on its frieze. Lions flank Pittsburgh’s Frick Building, and four Buffalo guard the Q Street Bridge in Washington, D.C. His last monumental commission was Mustangs, which resides on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.
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