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Bryant Baker (1881-1970) 'The Pioneer Woman', A Bronze Group of a Mother and Child inscribed 'Bryant Baker © 1927' and 'NO 12' and stamped 'GORHAM CO. FOUNDERS QHLD' 17¼in (43.8cm.) high, rich reddish brown patina
P.J. Broder, Bronzes of the American West, New York, 1974, pp. 275-282, fig. no 325

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In 1926, twelve sculptors were invited to enter models in a competition to honor the pioneer woman: James Earle Fraser, Hermon Atkins MacNeil, Mahonri MacIntosh Young, A. Sterling Calder, Jo Davidson, John Gregory, F. Lynn Jenkins, Bryant Baker, Wheeler Williams, Maurice Sterne, Mario J. Korbel and Arthur Lee. Upon completion of the models, the bronzes were sent across the nation and 750,000 people voted for their favorite piece. Will Rogers gave the dedication speech at the unveiling of Bryant Baker's model which was chosen by popular acclaim. The monument, which stands in Ponce City, Oklahoma is inscribed "In appreciation of the heroic character of the woman pioneer and homesteader in this country." (Broder, p. 276)


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