Edward Kemeys was not originally trained as a sculptor. He was first inspired to enter the field during the 1860s when working on the construction crew that was building Central Park. While there, he saw another sculptor working, and decided to try as well .
Drawing on subject matter from childhood vacations in Illinois, Kemeys was interested in animals native to the American Midwest. He was one of the first American sculptors to embrace animal themes, a subject matter that was already becoming a trend in France .
Kemeys first exhibited a smaller version of Still Hunt in England and Paris, and was asked to enlarge the work for placement in Central Park. He was never, however, paid for his work .
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