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Hope, John William, 1889-1982



Born in Sydney, Australia, John William Hope worked at the American Museum of Natural History from 1923 to 1936. He contributed taxidermy to the Hall of Asian Mammals and the Akeley Hall of African Mammals. Most notable of his works on this hall are the mountain nyala, the giant eland, and the giant sable. An accomplished sculptor, Hope created the fourteen bas-reliefs that appear above each of the dioramas on the main level of the African Hall. Each of these depict a different scene featuring African animals. (Source: Stephen Quinn, Windows on Nature, 2006)

He also sculpted the figures in the Pearl Divers diorama in the Hall of Ocean Life, the figures in Old New York diorama in the 1st floor Roosevelt Memorial, and memorial plaques for Carl Akeley and Bashford Dean. After leaving the Museum he worked as a professional sculptor until 1942, went to work at the Michigan State University Museum as a museum technician. He retired from there in 1958 after a notable career sculpting models, creating numerous dioramas, and painting a series of murals depicting ancient life. (Source: AMNH Library bio files)


Found in 17 Collections and/or Records:

Adventures on the Upper Nile

Identifier: Film Collection no. 2
Scope and Contents Charles Oliver O'Donnell (AMNH fellow) and James Lippitt Clark (AMNH vice-director of preparation and exhibition) traveled by steamer, in 1931, up the Nile from Khartoum to Shambe in the Sudan to collect giant eland for the AMNH Hall of African Mammals. Most of the footage was taken from the steamer, and consists of panoramic views of life along the Nile, and of the activities of the expedition staff and the shikaris (native hunters) on board ship. Expedition staff appearing in the film are:...
Dates: 1931

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Art Survey 16
Mammals 14
Vertebrates, Fossil 2
Dinka (African people) -- Social life and customs 1
Elands -- Collection and preservation 1