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 William H. Rumney  (1837 - 1927)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: portrait statue sculpture, ship and building exterior carving

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A carver, William Rumney, born 1837, worked with wood and marble and created commissioned portrait statues such as Andrew Jackson for an East Boston shipbuilder and figure carvings for ships.  He formed a carving business with Thomas J. White, and they located on Commercial Street near the Boston waterfront.

When White left the business after about 10 years for his native New York, Rumney had full control. He produced exterior pieces for the Old State House in Boston in the late 1860s and continued wood carving into the early 1900s, "despite the fact that the industry was slipping into obscurity" (172).

As a young adult, Rumney was an aspiring actor and performed with a traveling troupe led by Joseph Proctor. In the 1880s, he was an agent for the Pino--Palmino Mattress Company and in the 1890s ran a picture and frame business with George Grohe. In the 1910s, he was a carpenter for the public grounds department in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

William Rumney, an apparent 'jack-of-all-trades', died in 1927 at age ninety-one. 

Thayer Tolles, American Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Volume I

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