18-19th Century American Sculpture


(above: Erastus Dow Palmer (American, 1817-1904). Indian Girl, or The Dawn of Christianity, 1853-56; carved 1855-56. Marble, 60 x 19 3/4 x 22 1/4 inches. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Bequest of Hamilton Fish, 1894 (94.9.2). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)



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(above:  Horatio Greenough, George Washington, Edited image from Library of Congress digital collection. African American school children facing the Horatio Greenough statue of George Washington at the U.S. Capitol. Published ca.1899 by Frances Benjamin Johnston, 1864-1952, photographer.  Image and text source: Wikimedia Commons - public domain)


8 Resource Library articles and essays honoring the American experience through its art:

Augustus Saint-Gaudens in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (7/10/09)

Augustus Saint-Gaudens: American Sculptor of the Gilded Age (3/21/05)

American Sculptor of the Gilded Age, essay by Henry J. Duffy (3/21/03)

Daniel Chester French, 1850-1931 The Minute Man; essay by Thayer Tolles (3/6/02)

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Acquires The Last of the Tribes by Celebrated American Sculptor Hiram Powers (1/13/01)


Subjects and Symbols in American Sculpture: Selections from the Permanent Collection (3/23/00)

Horatio Greenough: An American Sculptor's Drawings (9/23/99)

Poems in Clay: Arthur Osborne's "Plastic Sketches" for the Low Art Tile Works (8/20/99)


 (above:  Horatio Greenough, George Washington, 1832, National Museum of American History. Image and text source: Wikimedia Commons - public domain)


From other websites:

American Neoclassical Sculpture, an exhibit covering sculpture during the late eighteenth century and into the first half of the nineteenth century, held February 26 - May 17, 2015 at the Boston Athenæum. Includes images of sculptures in the collection and brochure with essay by David B. Dearinger, Ph.D. plus checklist of art objects. Accessed February, 2016.

Daniel Chester French: The Female Form Revealed is a 2016 exhibit at the Boston Athenæum which says: "French's projects adorn civic spaces including New York's Central Park, Boston's Public Garden, and Washington's Dupont Circle; are focal points on college and university campuses at Harvard, Columbia, Bowdoin, and Gallaudet; enhance the facades of grand Beaux-Arts structures such as the United States Custom House in New York, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Boston Public Library; and are focal points in some of this country's great historic cemeteries such as Woodlawn in New York, Graceland in Chicago, and Forest Hills in Boston."  Accessed 8/18

Sculptors, by Lonnie Pierson Dunbier from askArt. Accessed August, 2015.


Online videos:

The WGBH/Boston Forum Network is an audio and video streaming web site dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures, including a number of videos on Art and Architecture. Partners include a number of museums, colleges, universities and other cultural organizations. See listings of related videos in this catalogue indexed by partner name. Boston Athenaeum partnered with the WGBH Forum Network for a series of lectures on American art by David Dearinger, who is Susan Morse Hilles Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Boston Athenaeum. An art historian and curator, he received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, with a specialty in nineteenth-century American art. Titles include:


 (above:  Chauncey Bradley Ives (1810-1894), Undine Rising from the Waters, ca. 1880-1882,  Yale University Art Gallery. Image and text source: Wikimedia Commons - public domain)

Also see sculpture: 19-20th Century, 20-21st Century


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