Torlief Soviren Knaphus
(1881 - 1965)
Torlief Soviren Knaphus was active/lived in Utah / Norway. Torlief Knaphus is known for historical figure and religious sculpture.
Biography Torlief Soviren Knaphus
Especially known for his sculpture, Handcart Pioneers, which is in Salt Lake Tempel Square, Torlief
Knaphus commemorated the migration between 1856 and 1860 of
people traveling by foot with their possessions in two-wheeled carts
into the salt water basin of the future Utah. Many persons lost
Knaphus was born in Vats, Stavanger, Norway, and showed art talent from
the time he was five years old when he began carving birds in
wood. At age 14, he apprenticed in painting and decorating at a
local business, and shortly after followed his urge to 'go to
sea'. He served for two years as a sailor on Norwegian shipping
lines, but then, at the urging of his mother, returned to his
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