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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 420 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ALEXANDER PHIMISTER PROCTOR (1862– ), American sculptor and painter, was born in Ontario, Canada, on the 27th of September 1862. As a youth he lived at Denver, Colorado, spending much of his time in the Rocky Mountains, and his familiarity with the ways and habits of wild animals was supplemented later by study in the Jardin des Plantes, Paris. He was a pupil at the National Academy of Design and later in the Art Students' League, in New York, and first attracted attention by his statues of wild animals at the Columbian Exposition, Chicago. In 1896 he won the Rinehart Scholarship, which enabled him to spend five years in Paris, where he studied under Puech and J. A. Injalbert. Among his works of sculpture are: " Indian Warrior " (a small bronze); " Panthers," Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York; " Quadriga," for United States Pavilion, Paris Exhibition (1900), and groups-in the City Park, Denver, and Zoological Park, New York. His pictures of wild animals, mainly in water colours, are also characteristic. He became a member of the Society of American Artists (1895), of the National Academy of Design (1904), of the American Water Color Society, and of the Architectural League, New York.

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