John Frazee (sculptor)

John Frazee (July 18, 1790 – February 24, 1852) was an American sculptor and architect.[1][2][3] The Smithsonian has a collection of many of his sculptures as well as paintings of Frazee by other artists including Asher B. Durand and Henry Colton Shumway[4]

John Frazee
Born(1790-07-18)July 18, 1790
DiedFebruary 24, 1852(1852-02-24) (aged 61)
NationalityAmerican
Known forsculpture, architecture

He was born in Rahway, New Jersey, and worked in the Neo-Classic tradition. He is known as being one of the first successful native born American sculptors and "the first American born sculptor to execute a bust in marble."[5] He is best known for his portrait busts, including of John Jay and Marquis De Lafayette. He carved sculptures for the Boston Athenaeum including of Chief Justice John Marshall and Daniel Webster.[6] He also received a commission to design the New York Customs House, later used as Federal Hall National Memorial.[6]

The sculptor Thomas Crawford began his career as a marble carver in Frazee's studio in New York City.[7]

In 1826, he helped found the National Academy of Design.

Selected works

References

  1. Archives of American Art. "Summary of the John Frazee papers, 1810-1964 - Digitized Collection - Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution". si.edu. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  2. John Frazee National Academy
  3. "John Frazee papers, 1810-1964". si.edu. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  4. John Frazee Smithsonian Collections
  5. James-Gadzinski, Susan and Mary Mullen Cunningham, ‘’American Sculpture in the Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’’, Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1997 p. 20
  6. "John Frazee papers, 1810-1964". si.edu. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  7. Crane, Sylvia E., ‘’White Silence: Greenough, Powers and Crawfoed, American Sculptors in Nineteenth Century Italy’’, University of Miami Press, Coral Gables, 1972 p. 279
  8. Voss, Frederick S., ‘’John Frazee: 1790-1852, Sculptor’’, the Boston athenaeum and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington City and Boston, 1986 p. 29
  9. Voss, Frederick S., ‘’John Frazee: 1790-1852, Sculptor’’, the Boston athenaeum and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington City and Boston, 1986 p. 104

Further reading

  • From artisan to artist : John Frazee and the politics of culture in antebellum America by Linda Hyman 1983
  • John Frazee, American sculptor by Henry B. Caldwell 115 leaves, 20 leaves of plates : ill 1983, 1951 Call number:N40.1.F845 C14 1983a
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