These rich resources informed and inspired The Best of Proctor’s West project, an in-depth study of eleven of the artist’s most celebrated bronzes. Comprising a scholarly publication and a searchable online database, the project weds connoisseurship and science. Bronzes studied include Fawn (first and second models), Stalking Panther (multiple variations), Arab Stallion, Indian Warrior (large and small versions), Moose, Elk, Q Street Buffalo, Buckaroo (multiple variations), Pursued (1914 and 1928 versions), Buffalo Hunt, and On the War Path.
A new, richly illustrated catalogue, The Best of Proctor’s West: An In-Depth Study of Eleven of Proctor’s Bronzes, contains extended interpretive essays by Peter H. Hassrick on each of the selected bronzes. Allison Rosenthal discusses recent scientific examinations of Proctor’s bronzes using X-ray florescence (XRF) spectrometry. Karen B. McWhorter adds an introduction about the Center’s Proctor Studio Collection and offers a brief biography of the artist. The online database complements and expands upon the publication.