James Lippit Clark

1883 - 1969
Origin: United States
Born: November 18, 1883, Providence, Rhode Island
Died: 1969

A position in the designing room at The Gorham Silver Company sparked James Lippit Clark's interest in art, especially sculpture. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and his talent in modeling animals led him to an animal mounting position at the American Museum of Natural History. Every morning before work he sketched at the Central Park Zoo and on the weekends, at the Bronx Zoo. For two months, the museum sent Clark to learn the techniques of taxidermy with Carl Akeley in Chicago. In 1906, Clark traveled to Wyoming to study buffalo, antelope, and other wildlife in their natural environments. He also traveled throughout Europe, visiting museums and zoological parks. In 1908, he ventured to Africa with A. Radclyffe Dugmore. There, Clark took photographs for Collier's Weekly and produced the first film to record African wildlife. Upon his return to the museum fourteen months later, he mounted specimens that were brought back by museums as well as other big game hunters, such as Theodore Roosevelt. From 1923 to 1947, he took many expeditions to Africa and Asia to collect specimens.

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African Black Rhino with Tick Birds (The Battleship of the Plains)
1912, Bronze
James Lippit Clark
United States, 1883 - 1969
Cape Buffalo
1913, Bronze
James Lippit Clark
United States, 1883 - 1969
Mountain Sheep
1930, Bronze
James Lippit Clark
United States, 1883 - 1969