(1790 - 1852)
John Frazee was active/lived in New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island. John Frazee is known for portrait bust and figure sculpture.
Biography John Frazee
"For many historians, the history of American sculpture begins with John Frazee." (Dearinger, 205) He was the first sculptor to be a charter member of the National Academy of Design*, is credited with being a pioneering sculptor of combining Realism* with Neo-Classicism*, and with devising a mechanical
invention that transferred an image from a painting to a marble bust.
Although influenced by Neo-Classical styles of Giuseppe Ceracchi (in
America between 1791 and 1795) and Enrico Causici (in America from 1822
into the 1830s), Frazee sculpted realistic, not idealized
features. His bust, John Jay
(1831, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.) was the first government
commission of its type given to a native-born scul
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