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les—the Greek, Gothic, and Mansard— of architecture.
Sculpture waited long for a practitioner in America, and very little of the sculptor's art was known in this country.
Now the increasing demand for statuary promises a brilliant future for the sculptor.
Among the earlier of American sculptors were Horatio Greenough (q. v.) and Hiram powers (q. v.). They may be said to have introduced the art. Greenough was the first American who produced a marble group, The chanting Cherubs, for J. Fenimore Cooper.
For many years there was a prudish feeling that made nude figures an abomination.
So sensitive were the ladies of Philadelphia concerning the antique figures displayed at the exhibitions of the Academy of Fine Arts, that one day in the week was set apart for the visits of the gentler sex. The multiplication of art schools, art museums, and art exhibitions has quite generally dissipated prudery.
Crawford gave to American sculpture a fame that widened that of Greenough and Powers.