Buffalo Bill Historical Center
Seattle Art Museum

Proctor’s Indian Warrior at The Seattle Art Museum

The Proctor Museum loaned the sculpture, Indian Warrior, (modeled 1898) to the Seattle Art Museum where it’s displayed in the American Art Gallery.

On the evening of May 6, 2010, approximately 75 Proctor family and friends gathered at the Seattle Art Museum to celebrate the Indian Warrior’s arrival. Patti Junker, Ann M. Barwick Curator of American Art, shared an interesting story about the sculpture’s history there.

In 1909, Proctor donated three bronzes to the Washington Art Association: an elk, a buffalo, and the Indian Warrior. The Art Association eventually became connected with the Seattle Art Museum, but the three Proctor statues have been missing since 1933!

The Proctor Museum hopes to see the other two Proctor sculptures from that time, the elk and buffalo, back on display in the Seattle Art Museum.

The Indian Warrior, modeled in 1898, embodies the three core principles Proctor learned from his mentor and friend, master sculptor Augustus St. Gaudens: simplicity, dignity and nobility. It won the Gold Medal for sculpture at the 1900 Paris Exposition.