Tuesday, January 30, 2007
TEDDY ROOSEVELT ON HORSEBACK
According to AskArt.com, there is now a bronze of this Scriver portrait of Teddy Roosevelt available on one of the auctions. I thought it might be interesting to look at the main sculpture commissioned by Boone and Crockett for their ranch on the east slope of the Rockies. To access the ranch, one must go up a dirt road from Dupuyer, Montana. The bronze is out in a field and is not large. It's best to stop at the headquarters to ask for directions.
Boone & Crockett is one of a series of nature education centers along this side of the Rockies as well as a working ranch. The location was in the news a few years ago when a grizzly sow with two yearling cubs was accidentally shot in the face by hunters who blundered onto her bedding spot. (They were not ON but NEAR the ranch.) For quite a while she wandered with her cubs, confused and dislocated. Finally, Mike Madel -- the "bear guy" -- managed to trap them and wrap their container up in tarps and straw to trigger hibernation. In spring they were released. One cub was killed and eaten by a boar grizzly. The others have returned to their previous range and habits. This gives an idea of the remoteness of this location.
Since I grew up in Portland, Oregon, I knew well the Proctor portrait of Teddy Roosevelt, heroic sized, that stands in front of the Portland Art Museum downtown on the Park Blocks. When Bob and I were married, we took a tour of all the Beaux Arts style monumental bronzes in the city -- there are quite a few -- and we lingered the longest at Teddy Roosevelt.