Robert Paine (sculptor)

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Robert Treat Paine (1870-1946) was an American sculptor.

Paine was born in Valparaiso, Indiana on Feb. 11, 1870, a descendant of the Robert Treat Paine who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.[1][2] He was a student at the Art Students League where he studied with Augustus Saint Gaudens. He spent time at the Cornish (New Hampshire) Art Colony, , where he worked as an assistant to Saint Gaudens. While there he perfected the pointing machine used by Gaudens, called a "cubical pantograph," that increased the "accuracy and speed" of the previous machines, allowing for up to 400 points a day. The machine was first used on Sherman's horse on the Sherman Monument in New York (1903).[3] In 1914 Paine went to San Francisco with fellow sculptor Beniamino Bufano to create a sculpture ensemble designed by Paul Manship for the {Panama Pacific International Exposition]]. He settled in Berkeley for a time and in 1922 stayed at the estate of Charles Erskine Scott Wood and Sara Bard Field in Los Gatos to create a pair of large statues of wild cats that are still local landmarks.[4] In 1924 he moved to Los Angeles, where he assisted Alexander Phimister Proctor on sculpture projects and was active on the Federal Art Project.[1]


  1. ^ a b AskArt
  2. ^ Falk, Peter Hastings, ‘’Who Was Who in American Art’’ Sound View Press, Madison CT, 1985
  3. ^ Wilkinson, Burke, ‘’Uncommon Clay: The Life and Works of Augustus Saint Gaudens’’, photographs by David Finn, Harcourt Brace Jovanovitch, Publishers, San Diego, 1983, p. 266
  4. ^ History Los Gatos

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Oral history of his daughter Evelyn and her husband, Berkeley architect Robert Ratcliff