(1812 - 1843)
Shobal Vail Clevenger was active/lived in Ohio. Shobal Clevenger is known for sculptor-busts of prominent men, stone cutting.
Biography Shobal Clevenger
Clevenger, Shobal Vail (22 Oct. 1812-30 Sept. 1843), sculptor, was born near Middletown, Ohio, the son of Samuel Clevenger, a weaver who migrated in 1808 from New Jersey to take up farming in Ohio; although his mother's first name is unknown, her maiden name was Bunnell. Young Clevenger was sent at the age of fifteen to do masonry work on the Centerville Canal. Contracting malaria, or perhaps tuberculosis, he returned to his family to recuperate, sought work in Louisville, Kentucky, and then in Cincinnati, where he was enthralled by the sight of a female figure carved in wood for the market house. Determined then to become a sculptor, he apprenticed himself from 1829 to 1833 to David Guion, a stonecutter.
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