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|Harry Thrasher was a sculptor born in Plainfield, New Hampshire where
he had ties to artist members of the Cornish Colony including
illustrator Maxfield Parrish and sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
Thrasher studied with St. Gaudens and then from 1911 to 1914 studied on
a scholarship to the American Academy in Rome, where Saint-Gaudens had
been a founding member. |
Thrasher was a member of the National Sculpture Society and the Society
of Mural Painters. His work can be viewed at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art in New York City.
At the onset of World War I, Parrish wrote the Secretary of the Army
recommending Thrasher for the Camouflage Corps, thinking that artists
would serve well in that unit with their talents and that they would be
relatively safe behind the battle lines. Also, Homer
Saint-Gaudens, son of Augustus, was a Captain of that company.
However, Thrasher was killed early in his career shortly after their
Unit arrived in France. It was his pal Faulkner who had to
identify his body in the field.
Thrasher's death was very hard on the tight-knit community of Cornish,
and Parrish blamed himself unnecessarily for recommending him
there. However, the report from Faulkner was that Thrasher
would not stay behind the lines where it was safe designing and
painting the camouflage protective covers. He actually went out
on the field to test their efficiency. He was installing a
camouflaged protective cover over some guns and equipment when he was
killed on August 11, 1918. He's buried in France.
Paul Manship, also a close friend of Thrasher and Faulkner, and created
sculpture for his memorial at the American Academy in Rome, where
Thrasher had attended. His friend Barry Faulkner did the mural
for the Thrasher Memorial.
The selectmen of the Town of Plainfield, NH where Thrasher was born
named a little road that goes from the Maxfield Parrish Highway
(NH Rt 12-A) to the Blow Me Down Creek of Saint-Gaudens' fame: The
Harry Thrasher Road. In its quiet, rural beauty it seems a
fitting memorial to the man.
Alma Gilbert-Smith, Director of the Cornish Colony Museum. Her reference was the autobiography, Barry Faulkner: Sketches from an Artist's Life.
Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art
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