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Lion

Alexander Phimister Proctor

American Art

This lifelike representation of a resting lion was carved by the Paris-trained artist A. Phimster Proctor, whose particular talent for animal sculpture is apparent here in the convincing description of the cat's anatomy and attitude. Raise on the frontier in Denver, Colorado, Proctor had developed an affinity for wildlife and a passion for hunting that he ultimately shared with Brooklyn Museum trustee George D. Pratt. An active patron of the artist as well, Pratt purchased this work from Proctor in 1910 (prior to the inscription of the date 1912), originally for presentation to Pratt Institute. Pratt also presented the Brooklyn Museum with ten small Proctor bronzes including nine animal subjects and a Native American figure.

MEDIUM Marble
DATES 1912
DIMENSIONS 27 1/2 x 54 1/2 x 26 in., 2848 lb. (69.9 x 138.4 x 66 cm, 1291.84kg)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Inscribed on front of base at lion's rear paw: "A.P. PROCTOR / 1912"
COLLECTIONS American Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 10.119
CREDIT LINE General John B. Woodward Statue Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Alexander Phimister Proctor (American, 1862-1950). Lion, 1912. Marble, 27 1/2 x 54 1/2 x 26 in., 2848 lb. (69.9 x 138.4 x 66 cm, 1291.84kg). Brooklyn Museum, General John B. Woodward Statue Fund, 10.119. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 10.119.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 10.119.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Naturalistic figure of a sleeping male lion viewed from side; lion rests his head on his front paws; tail curls around bottom and crosses over proper right rear leg; figure carved from rectangular block with back and base left roughly hewn. Condition: Good, some scratches and damage on back.
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