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 William Rudolph O'Donovan  (1844 - 1920)

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Lived/Active: New York/West Virginia      Known for: portrait sculpture, some landscape painting

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Bronze bas-relief plaques of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
William Rudolf O'Donovan was an American sculptor. He was born in Preston County, Virginia (now West Virginia), and taught himself to sculpt. After the Civil War, in which he served in the Confederate army, he opened a studio in New York City and became a well known as a sculptor, especially of memorial pieces.

In 1878 he become an associate of the National Academy of Design*.  George Washington was a favorite subject of his, and he published a series of papers on Washington portraits.

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    •    Relief portrait of Bayard Taylor (ca. 1870), Beinecke Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
    •    John Paulding (1880), Captors' Monument, Patriot's Park, Tarrytown, New York.
    •    Cavalry Officer; Sailor (1880–81), Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Lawrence, Massachusetts.
    •    Bas-relief* panels of Herkimer Directing the Oriskany Battle and Combat (1882–84), Oriskany Battlefield Monument, Oriskany, New York.
    •    George Washington (1883), Plaza Washington, El Paraiso, Caracas, Venezuela.
    •    Colonel Daniel Morgan (1885–86), Saratoga Battle Monument, Saratoga National Historical Park, Victory Mills, New York.
    •    Tower of Victory, Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site, Newburgh, New York.
    ?    George Washington (1886–87).
    ?    Architectural sculptures of Rifleman; Artilleryman; Light Dragoon; Infantry Line Officer (1888).
    •    Irish Brigade Monument (1888), Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A granite Celtic Cross guarded by a life-size bronze statue of an Irish wolfhound.
    •    Bust of Walt Whitman (1891), unlocated.
    •    Archbishop Hughes (1891), Fordham University, Fordham, New York.
    •    Trenton Battle Monument, Trenton, New Jersey.
    ?    Colossal Statue of George Washington (1891–93).
    ?    Private John Russell and Private Blair McClenachan (1891-93), two statues of 14th Regiment Massachusetts soldiers flanking the monument's entrance.
    ?    Thomas Eakins modeled two bas-relief panels for the monument's base; Charles Henry Niehaus modeled the third panel.
    •    Bas-relief panels of President Lincoln and General Grant (1893–94), Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, New York. O'Donovan modeled the men; Thomas Eakins modeled the horses.


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