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Bison Bas-Relief

Alexander Phimister Proctor1909

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, National Park Service

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, National Park Service

Plaster model of a bison head sculpted by A. Phimister Proctor and given to Theodore Roosevelt. In 1909, Theodore Roosevelt replaced the stone carved lions on the mantle of the State Dining Room at the White House with carvings of the American bison. TR viewed the lion as a symbol of European monarchy and thought that a uniquely American animal, such as the bison, should be used instead.

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  • Title: Bison Bas-Relief
  • Creator: A. Phimister Proctor
  • Date Created: 1909
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Physical Dimensions: W 22.9 cm, H 19 cm
  • Subject Keywords: Gifts to Politicians, Animals in art, White House (Washington, D.C.), Decoration and ornament, Architectural
  • Contributor: Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, National Park Service
  • Medium: Plaster

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