Andrew O'Connor (sculptor)

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Lincoln by Andrew O'Connor (1930), Royal Exchange, London

Andrew O'Connor (7 June 1874 – 9 June 1941) was an American-Irish sculptor whose work is represented in museums in America, Ireland, Britain and France.[1]

Life[edit]

O'Connor was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and died in Dublin, Ireland. For a time he was in the London studio of the painter, John Singer Sargent, and later worked for the architects, McKim, Mead and White in America and with the sculptor Daniel Chester French. Settling in Paris in the early years of the 20th century, he exhibited annually at the Paris Salon. In 1906 he was the first foreign sculptor to win the Second Class medal for his statue of General Henry Ware Lawton, now in Garfield Park in Indianapolis. In 1928 he achieved a similar distinction by being awarded the Gold Medal for his Tristan and Iseult, a marble group now in the Brooklyn Museum.

A number of his plaster casts are in the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin and there are works in Tate Britain,[2] the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris.

Works[edit]

1898 statue in Wheaton Square, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Vanderbilt Memorial Doors to St Bartholomew's Church, New York, about 1900,
  • General Lew Wallace, Capitol, Washington, D.C.
  • General Johnson, St Paul, Minnesota [3]
  • Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois
  • Lincoln, Royal Exchange, London (1930)
  • Lincoln, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Lafayette, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tristan and Iseult, Brooklyn Museum, New York
  • 1898 Soldier, Spanish War Memorial, Wheaton Square, Worcester, MA. The model for O'Connor's statue was his student, Vincent Schofield Wickham.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Homan Potterton, Andrew O'Connor 1874-1941, Catalogue of an Exhibition at Trinity College, Dublin, 1974; Doris Flodin Soderman, The Sculptors O'Connor: Andrew Sr, 1847-1924, Andrew Jr, 1874-1941 (Worcester, Mass, 1995).
  2. ^ http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ArtistWorks?cgroupid=999999961&artistid=2189&page=1&sole=y&collab=y&attr=y&sort=default&tabview=bio
  3. ^ http://www.startseeingart.com/sculpture/john-albert-johnson-memorial-by-andrew-oconnor/
  4. ^ Soderman, Doris Flodin (1995). The Sculptors O'Connor. Worcester, MA: Gundi Press. p. 69. ISBN 0-9642863-0-0.