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On the War Trail

A work made of bronze.

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  • A work made of bronze.


Modeled 1921, cast after 1921


Alexander Phimister Proctor (American, born Canada, 1862–1950)
Cast by Roman Bronze Works (American, founded 1897)

About this artwork

Canadian-born Alexander Phimister Proctor began his career as a sculptor of animals and, along with Edward Kemeys, achieved recognition for the works he created for Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. During five years of study in France afterward, however, Proctor shifted his interests to large-scale figural studies, particularly of the American West. On the War Trail is a reduced version of a monumental bronze commissioned for the Civic Center in Denver, Colorado. Dignified and erect, with the Native American’s spear thrust defiantly outward, horse and rider provide a striking antidote to the dejected, broken subject of James Earle Fraser’s The End of the Trail (1991.325).


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Arts of the Americas


Alexander Phimister Proctor


On the War Trail


New York City (Object made in)

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H.: 121.9 cm (48 in.)

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Bequest of Arthur Rubloff

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