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Bull Elk

Artist:
Eli Harvey (American, Ogden, Ohio 1860–1957 Alhambra, California)
Date:
1904; cast 1905
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
33 1/4 x 23 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (84.5 x 59.1 x 24.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Morris K. Jesup Fund, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.202
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Harvey, who trained in Paris with the noted animal sculptor Emmanuel Frémiet, often drew inspiration from the denizens of zoos, especially those in the New York Zoological Park in the Bronx (popularly known as the Bronx Zoo). Here, a male elk, one of the largest North American mammals, appears alert. Harvey described its impressive antlers as being as “sharp as bayonets.” “Bull Elk” was cast in both monumental and statuette versions. The work serves as an emblem of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and examples are installed in and around fraternal lodges across the United States.
Signature: Eli Harvey Sc. / 1904 (front self base)
Copyright by / Eli Harvey. 1904 (rear self base)

Marking: Gorham M'F'G' CO. FOUNDERS (rear self base)

Cast no. 4 (front edge underside)
[Christie’s East, New York, June 15, 2000, lot 94]; [Conner-Rosenkranz, New York, until 2011]
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