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 John Frederick Mowbray-Clarke  (1869 - 1953)



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Lived/Active: New York / Jamaica      Known for: sculptor-animal, figure and metals

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John Frederick Mowbray-Clarke, a sculptor and specialist in medals and animals, was born in 1869 in Jamaica. One of the organizers of the Armory Show in 1913, he exhibited several works including a plaster sculpture entitled "Whither", formerly in the collection of William Speck. The work was reproduced in a March 1913 article by Julian Street, "Why I Became a Cubist," in Everybody's Magazine. In Gallery A, displaying American Sculpture and Decorative Art, Mowbray-Clarke showed a 4.5-inch diameter portrait medal with the bust of artist Arthur B. Davies, another of the exhibition organizers. The sculptor and his wife, Mary Mowbray-Clarke, retained ownership of the medal during their lifetimes.

Two of Mowbray-Clarke's bronze medals are in the Peabody Art collection of the State of Maryland, Baltimore. They include "St. Brendan", 1911, 2.75-inch diameter; and "Peace for One Hundred Years", also early 20th Century, 3-inch diameter. The "Saint Brendan the Navigator Medal and Book" were struck and published by the Circle of Friends of the Medallion (COF), which was founded in 1908 by medal collector Robert Hewitt Jr. and writer-art critic Charles DeKay. COF issued two fine-art medals a year from 1908-1915, each inserted in die-cut pages inside tan cloth-covered books offering essays and poems relating to the medals' topics. (The Irish Saint Brendan was long believed to have sailed to the New World around 565 AD).

In 1919, A Catalog of Sculptures by John Mowbray-Clarke was published in New York City by the Kevorkian Gallery, with texts by the gallery owner, Ananda Coomaraswamy and Amy Murray, with reproductions of sculpture and medals.

John and Mary Mowbray-Clarke, both of whom were involved in revolutionary politics, are also discussed in Allan Antliff's book, Anarchist Modernism: Art, Politics, and the First American Avant-Garde, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2001.

The John and Mary Mowbray-Clarke Papers are contained in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

John Mowbray-Clarke died in 1953.


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