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 Andrew O'Connor, Jr.  (1874 - 1941)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts / France/Ireland      Known for: realistic historical figure sculpture, teaching

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Andrew O'Connor (1874-1941)

Developing a vigorous and realistic style of sculpture, Irish-American artist Andrew O'Connor was born in Massachusetts but returned to Ireland in his later years.  He was the son of Classsical-style sculptor Andrew O'Connor, Sr. (1846-1924), and in New York City became a studio assistant to Daniel Chester French. 

From 1894 to 1898, he was in London, where he worked in the studio of John Singer Sargent, and posed for one of the figures in Sargent's murals for the Boston Public Library.  In the 1930s, O'Connor returned to London and did a statue, Christ the King, for the entrance to the harbor in Kingston, Ireland.

From 1903 to 1914, O'Connor lived in Paris where he completed a number of portrait busts.  There Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American sculptor, was one of his students.

His first important commission was a set of bronze doors for Saint Bartholomew's Church in New York City.  Many of his major works, such as the Statue of Lincoln (Springfield, Illinois) and his bronze Lafayette on Horseback (Baltimore), are in America although a smaller version of the latter is housed in the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin.  Also in America, he did a full-length statue of General Henry Lawton for Garfield Park in Indianapolis; statue of General Lew Wallace in Statuary Hall in Washington DC; monument to Spanish-American war veterans in Worcester, Massachusetts; and Theodore Roosevelt Memorial for the Boy Scouts of America at the Glen View Golf Club in Chicago.

His statue of Daniel O'Connell is in the National Bank, Dame Stree, Dublin, and his bronze sculpture La Faunesse is in the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork and bears comparison with the best Rodin heads.

For the Chicago Exposition of 1893, he did decorative and allegorical figures, possibly working in the studio of his friend, William Ordway Partridge. 

Sources:
Online Encyclopedia of Irish and World Artists
http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/irish-sculpture.htm#andrew_oconnor

David Dearinger, Editor, "Andrew O'Connor, Jr.", Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of The National Academy of Design


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