Putnam was well versed in animal anatomy and preferred to work from memory so that the emotional impact of his subject matter would not be obscured by over attention to realistic detail. The ferocity of the jaguar’s snarl is suggested not only by its open jaw but also by the full attenuation of its sleek body. Putnam modeled this statuette in 1906 while living in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine and cast it in 1909 in the San Francisco foundry he established with his brother-in-law Fred Storey.
Signature: [top of base, by tail]: PUTNAM [encircled] / 06
Inscription: [back of base, stamped]: COPYRIGHT APPLIED FOR
Marking: [foundry mark, underside of the base, stamped]: PUTNAM & STOREY FOUNDRY. / SF CAL.
the artist, 1909; [Macbeth Gallery, New York, 1909]