Born in Ireland in 1834. O'Brien was a pupil of Castini in Rome, Italy during 1853-59. He then immigrated to NYC and in 1860 did a marble statue of Commodore Perry for the city of Cleveland. Arriving in San Francisco in 1864, he established a studio where he was kept busy with portrait busts. He moved to Galveston, TX in 1882 and died there on Dec. 20, 1904.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
SF Alta, 4-21-1864, p.1; Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs
(Bénézit, E); American Art Annual
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