Cyrus Dallin ( 1861 – 1944 )
Born in Utah, Cyrus Dallin grew up near Ute and Paiute Indians, which instilled in him a lifelong admiration for them evident in his sculpture. He showed so much talent in his modelling of different wildlife, that he was sponsored by Utah patrons to study with famed instructor Truman Bartlett in Boston. Later Dallin studied in Paris at the famed Academie Julian.
Dallin’s sculptures came to be known for their technical accuracy along with a deep seated admiration and sympathy for his subjects. He became famous when he received the commission for the Paul Revere sculpture. Later in his career, he further bolstered his reputation with the equestrian series bronzes of which Appeal to the Great Spirit is the fourth one in the series. Dallin did monumental as well as smaller versions of his works, which became highly sought after by collectors. He is considered to be one of the most important realist sculptors in American history. Dallin’s work is in the collection of some of the most prestigious museums in the United States which include: the White House permanent collection, the Gilcrease Museum, the Buffalo Bill Center, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Eiteljorg Museum, and the Rockwell Museum among many others.