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 John Massey Rhind  (1860 - 1932)

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
One of the founding members of the National Sculpture Society in 1893, John Rhind was a sculptor best remembered for his portraits busts of Andrew Carnegie that are in the Carnegie libraries throughout America. He also completed architectural friezes, Civil War memorials and portraits of historical figures including Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Calhoun, and Peter Stuyvesant. Other commissions included Indians figures and Soldiers and Sailors monuments for Philadelphia and Syracuse, New York.

Rhind was born in Edinburgh, Scotland where his father, John Rhind, was a sculptor. The young John took his early study in the 1880s at the Edinburgh Royal Academy with Jules Dalou and at Lambeth. Then he studied in Paris. In 1889, he emigrated to the United States, settling in New York City.

Exhibition venues included the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy and the St. Louis Exposition of 1904.

Peggy and Harold Samuels, "An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West"
Donald Martin Reynolds, "Masters of American Sculpture"
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:
John Massey Rhind was a sculptor of numerous commemorative works including much public sculpture including the bronze decorations at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh and numerous works at the Butler Art Institute and at the McKinley Memorial in Niles.

The Rhind work at the Butler Institute includes statues of Minerva and Apollo, two small bronze statues of Wisdom and Authority in the interior, and a bronze plate of appreciation of the work of the late Joseph G. Butler, Jr, placed on the floor by the Youngstown Federation of Women's Clubs.

The late sculptor was a close friend of Joseph G Butler, founder of the Butler Institute, and also executed the Butler family monument at Belmont Cemetery.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland July 9, 1860, John Rhind showed early talent for modeling in clay. His sculptor father, John Rhind, gave him instructions in art, and while his son was young sent him to an art school in Lambeth where he became a pupil of Delan, the French sculptor, at that time a political exile. Later Rhind studied at the Royal Academy in London. He took three gold medals in one year at South Kensington, which made him the first student who ever scored such a success. Later he went to Paris, then back to England and came to the United States in 1889.

Mr. Rhind's work is at Princeton University as decorative figures on the front of the Alexander Commencement Hall, and he also did interior decorative work on the mantel in the great hall of the Yerkes' New York house. (Munsey 14:671)

His most famous work is a fountain in Bushnell Park Harford, Connecticut. The figures are of heroic size and illustrate four epochs of Indian history.

He has executed the equestrian statue of George Washington in Newark; the statue of Stephen Girard in Philadelphia; that of Peter Stuyvesant in Jersey City; one of Robert Burns in Pittsburgh; and the McKinley memorial in Niles, Ohio.

Mr. Rhind was chosen by the Wanamaker memorial committee to execute the statute of John Wanamaker.

John Massey Rhind died in London on October 22, 1936.

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