Edward Kemeys (American, Savannah, Georgia 1843–1907 Washington, D.C.)
ca. 1878; cast 1907
27 x 58 1/2 x 44 1/4 in. (68.6 x 148.6 x 112.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1907
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 700
Kemeys was America’s first animalier (animal sculptor) of significance. His works were inspired by the untamed beasts he observed during frequent trips to the mountains and plains of the American West from the 1870s to the 1890s. He favored the American panther, depicting the animal in varied emotional states, from fierce combativeness to the maternal tenderness exemplified in this group. The surface treatment of the bronze reflects Kemeys’s concern, first, for psychological expression and, second, for anatomical correctness. The cats’ coats are loosely modeled, while the longer fur of the mother’s chest and hindquarters is rendered in broad strokes.
Signature: [top of base, front]: [cursive] Edward Kemeys. / 1107 
Marking: [foundry mark, left side of base]: JNO WILLIAMS. INC. / BRONZE FOUNDRY. N.Y.