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Pronghorn Antelope

Artist:
Paul Manship (American, St. Paul, Minnesota 1885–1966 New York)
Date:
1914; cast probably 1914–16
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
12 1/8 x 10 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. (30.8 x 26 x 21 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Bequest of George D. Pratt, 1935
Accession Number:
48.149.27
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
After his return from Rome in 1912, Manship applied the format and style of preclassical works to such subjects as an American Indian (48.149.28) and the pronghorn antelope he is hunting. The pendant pieces are intended to be displayed side by side; the central space connecting the works is activated by the flight of an arrow. The arrow, here rendered in low relief, has pierced the right shoulder of the animal, which is falling back on its hind legs. Manship’s interest in archaic Greek sculpture is evoked in the decorative details on the body of the antelope and the leaves and rocks on the ground beneath.
Inscription: Signed and dated (on side of rocks): • PAVL •MANSHIP• / • © / 1914 •

Marking: Foundry mark (base): ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N–Y–
George D. Pratt, New York (until d. 1935; his bequest to MMA, with life interest to Vera Pratt); his widow, Vera Amherst Hale Pratt, New York (1935–48; life interest waived in 1948; to MMA)

Corning Museum of Glass. "The Deerslayers," September 29–November 18, 1956, not in brochure.

Denver Art Museum. "The Western Spirit: Exploring New Territory in American Art," February 23–April 30, 1989, unnumbered cat. (p. 80).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925," December 16, 2013–April 13, 2014, no. 33 (ill. Amon Carter Museum cast).

Nanjing Museum. "The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925," September 29, 2014–January 18, 2015, unnumbered cat. (pp. 126–27).

Albany. New York State Museum. "Imaging the American West: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 9–July 17, 2016, not in brochure.

Alan Priest. "Loans from the Collection of George D. Pratt." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 35 (December 1940), p. 238.

Albert TenEyck Gardner. American Sculpture: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1965, p. 151, ill.

Joan M. Marter in American Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Thayer Tolles. Vol. 2, A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1865 and 1885. New York and New Haven, 2001, p. 751, no. 378, ill. p. 753.

Carol Clark in Thayer Tolles and Thomas Brent Smith. The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2013, pp. 53–54, 171, 180 n. 75, no. 33, fig. 67 (color; ill. Amon Carter Museum cast).

Karen Lemmey in Thayer Tolles and Thomas Brent Smith. The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2013, p. 158.



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