Truman Howe Bartlett

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Truman Howe Bartlett (1835 – 1922), also known as T. H. Bartlett, was an American sculptor, and father to sculptor Paul Wayland Bartlett.

Bartlett was born in Dorset, Vermont, studied under Robert Eberhard Launitz in New York City and subsequently in Paris, Rome, and Perugia. He was active in New Haven, Waterbury, and Hartford, Connecticut, and in New York City. For 22 years he was an instructor in MIT's architecture department, and also operated a free art school for poor children. He died in Boston, Massachusetts.

Bartlett's best known works include The Wounded Drummer Boy of Shiloh, and the Horace Wells Monument (1875) in Bushnell Park, Hartford, Connecticut. Both bronzes were exhibited in Paris. According to Marquis, Bartlett was the first American sculptor to make a figure in terra cotta.


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  • AskArt entry
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum entry