Brown, Henry Kirke

Brown, Henry Kirke,

1814–86, American sculptor, b. Leyden, Mass. He studied portrait painting with Chester Harding and later turned to sculpture, which he studied in Italy. Returning to America in 1846, he settled in New York City. His early sculptures show the influence of Italian neoclassicism. Several works reflect his interest in Native Americans. His finest achievement is the bronze equestrian statue of Washington in Union Square, New York City (1856). Among his later works are four statues in the Capitol, Washington, D.C.
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Brown, Henry Kirke

(1814–86) sculptor; born in Leyden, Mass. He worked in Boston (1832–36), moved to Cincinnati, Ohio (1836), studied in Italy (1842–46), lived in New York City (1846), then settled in Newburgh, N.Y. (1861). He is known for his bronze works, such as Aboriginal Hunter (1846).
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