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 Alexander Jr Pope  (1849 - 1924)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: dogs, still life, wildlife and trompe l'oeil doors-painting

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Sportsman's Still Life
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, near Boston, Alexander Pope became known as a society painter who spent his entire life in the Boston area with a major interest in hunting and fishing and painting and sculpting art objects of those subjects. According to Alfred Frankenstein in his book, The Reality of Appearance, Pope was "of the back-slapping, club-going variety who spent his entire life in and around Boston."

Some of his paintings were trompe l'oeil still lifes with hunting themes and iconography that included deer antlers, canteen, gun, game bag, etc. In this same style, he also painted a lot of dead animal subjects and sometimes live animals, usually in crates.

As a child he worked at his father's lumber business and carved animals out of wood. He studied briefly with Walter Rimmer, Boston painter and sculptor, but primarily was self taught. In the 1880s, he stopped sculpting and focused on painting still lifes for which he had a strong market.

American Art Review, December 2001

Biography from William R Talbot Fine Art:
Alexander Pope Jr. (1849-1924) is known for his illusionist (trompe l'oeil) still life paintings and his portraits of dogs, as well as his depictions of game birds. While the artist's love of hunting themes pervades the majority of his work, his bird images often focus on the simple wonders of nature.

Pope was born in Massachusetts and built his career in Boston, eventually becoming a member of the famed Copley Society of Boston, and then moving on to New York City. While he had studied briefly with William Copley and Walter Rimmer, Pope was largely self-taught. He went on to pursue sculpture for some years, but found success primarily as a painter. Notable collectors, such as Czar Alexander III of Russia, became his patrons. Pope's art gained enough popular interest that two chromo lithograph portfolios of his work were published ? Upland Game Birds and Water Fowl of the United States in 1878 and Celebrated Dogs of America in 1882. Alexander Pope is credited in large part for popularizing trompe l'oeil still life art in the late nineteenth century America.
Alexander Pope's artworks are included in many important collections, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Brandywine River Museum, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the De Young Museum, the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the White House.

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