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Crawford, Thomas 1814-1857

Sculptor, born in New York, March 22, 1814. Manifesting at an early age a talent and taste for art, he went to Italy and profited by the instruction of Thorwaldsen at Rome. There he established a studio, soon rose to eminence, and had abundant employment. His works, of superior character, are quite numerous. Those widest known are the bronze equestrian statue of Washington for the monument at Richmond, ordered by the State of Virginia; the colossal bronze statue of the Genius of America that surmounts the dome of the Capitol at Washington; and the historical designs [418] for the bronze doors in the new Capitol. He was exceedingly industrious, and worked with great facility. During less than twenty-five years of artistic labor he finished more than sixty works, some of them colossal, and left about fifty sketches in plaster, besides designs of various kinds. Two of the finest of his works in marble are The last of his race (colossal), and The Peri, both in the New York Historical Society. He died in London, Oct. 10, 1857.

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