Edward Kemeys was the first American artist to devote his career to sculpting animals. He did not receive any formal art training and worked in the iron business until the beginning of the Civil War. He worked in New York for the civil engineering corps, felling trees in Central Park, and frequently visited the zoo in the park. On one occasion, he saw a sculptor modeling a wolf from wax. This encounter proved to be the turning point in his career because it inspired him to create his first sculpture, of a pair of wolves fighting over a carcass. He was an avid hunter and made numerous trips to the western plains and mountains throughout his career, creating images of panthers, buffalo, bears, and deer.
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