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Lived/Active: District Of Columbia/New York/Massachusetts / Italy      Known for: portrait bust sculpture, heraldic medals

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Thomas Hudson Jones (1892 - 1969) was a U.S. sculptor for the Army's Institute of Heraldry.  His father was an engraver* and encouraged him from childhood to be a sculptor.  He attended the Albright Art School* in Buffalo, NY.  At 19 he won the Prix de Rome* Fellowship for 3 years of study at the American Academy of Art* in Rome, Italy.  The judges however decided that he was too young to go at the time.

He worked in the studio of Daniel Chester French while French was working on the seated Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial.  Jones left French in 1917.  Jones' first job was a bust of General Grant for the Hall of Fame.  He enlisted and served in World War I and after the war took the fellowship in Rome.

He returned to the United States in 1922 to sculpt and teach at Columbia University in New York.  In 1934 he returned to Rome to serve as a Professor of Fine Arts at the Academy.

Jones designed the ornate 50-foot-high bronze doors for the New Library of Brooklyn.  In Washington, D.C., he designed three reliefs of law givers for the House of Representatives chamber in the United States Capitol (1950) and the Statue of Christ in St. Matthews Church in Washington, D.C.

His most well known design was the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with its architect Lorimer Rich, in 1929.  According to Jones, "There were 74 of us sculptors and architects competing for the honor." This work made him well known in government circles even before he came to Washington.

At the request of the Government, Jones left his McDougal Alley studio in Greenwich Village, New York in 1944 and started work for the Institute of Heraldry in the Washington. 

After the war ended, he stayed with the Institute of Heraldry, which furnishes heraldic services such as standardization, design, and quality control to the Armed Forces and other entities of the U.S. government including the President.  In this capacity, Jones designed the Air Force Academy seal as well over 40 US military service medals including the World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal.

His work earned him international acclaim and he was recognized by Who's Who in Art, Who's Who in America and was a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and exhibitor and member of the National Academy of Design*.

Wikipedia: "Thomas Hudson Jones" and "United States Army Institute of Heraldry"
References cited include Richman, Michael, Daniel Chester French: An American Sculptor, The Preservation Press, Washington D.C., 1976 pp. 171-186
"Designing Medals, Seals, Tomb, Gate Work of Noted Heraldic Sculptor", The Pentagram News, 22 Sep. 1960, pg 5

* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see Glossary

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A sculptor and teacher Thomas Hudson Jones was an instructor at Albright Art School*, Columbia University and the American Academy* in Rome.   He was also senior sculptor for the United States Army Institute of Heraldry from 1944 to 1962.

He lived in New York City for much of his career, although briefly in Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania, and from 1944 in Washington DC.  In addition to portrait bust sculpture, he was also a medalist* who completed in 1937 a profile bust medal for Low Library of Columbia University, having been commissioned by the Medallic Art Company*.

His studies included Albright Art Gallery, Carnegie Institute*, Boston Museum of Fine Arts  School, and the American Academy in Rome* where he had a fellowship.

Memberships: National Academy of Design*, 1932 and National Academician; Century Association*

Exhibitions: National Academy of Design; Art Institute of Chicago*, 1916. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts*, 1936 and 1938

Awards: Prix de Rome, 1919-22

Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art
Luftschein, Susan, One Hundred Years of American Medallic Art

* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see Glossary

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