Allen George Newman

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A cast of "The Hiker" near the Frick Fine Arts Building at the University of Pittsburgh

Allen George Newman (August 28, 1875 – 1940) was an American sculptor. He was born in New York, where he studied with John Quincy Adams Ward 1897-1901 and at the National Academy of Design.[1] His works are chiefly monumental and include The Triumph of Peace (Piedmont Park, Atlanta GA); The Hiker, a Spanish–American War soldier ; monuments to Henry Hudson, (overlooking Spuyten Duyvil, New York), General Sheridan (Scranton PA), Joel Chandler Harris (Atlanta, GA); "Woman of the Southland" and the bronze surmounting the dome of the monument to the Women of the Confederacy" (Jacksonville, FL, 1914[2]); the figures Day and Night, Harriman National Bank Building (New York);[3] the statues of General William C. Oates (Montgomery AL) and General Stirling Price (Keytesville MO.); and others.

Sculptor's inscription

Newman’s ‘’Hiker’’, called ‘’”The best bronze soldier in America"’’ [4] erected in Tompkinsville Park, Staten Island NY, is one of the United States’ most reproduced statues. Copyrighted by Newman in 1904, for a time the Hiker served as the official monument of the United Spanish War Veterans (USWV), and over twenty replicas were cast by Jno. Williams, Inc., a New York foundry.[5] The pose has been compared to a famous image of 1899 by the noted American Western artist Frederic Remington, who was a war correspondent in Cuba.[6] The "Hiker" was also cast for the market in several reduced sizes.[7] Such reductions normally supported American Beaux-Arts sculptors in between public commissions.

A fountain "Music of the Waters" located on Riverside Drive has not been located.[8]

Though best known for his sculpture on monumental scale, he was known to have done smaller pieces like "Rough Rider", which bears much resemblance to the much larger work "The Hiker".

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References
  1. ^ New International Encyclopedia (New York: Dodd, Mead) 1905, s.v. "Allen G. Newman"; McKay, James, The Dictionary of Sculptors in Bronze, Antique Collectors Club, London, 1995
  2. ^ Jacksonville history: The Monument to Women of the Confederacy in Springfield's Confederate Park
  3. ^ The "Day and Night" Bank was the first to be open 24 hours a day: seeJoseph Wright Harriman.
  4. ^ Taft, Lorado, ‘’The History of American Sculpture’’, The Macmillan Company, New York, 1925 p. 570
  5. ^ Examples are listed at The Hiker (Newman).
  6. ^ New York City Parks Department: War Memorials;
  7. ^ An example at James Graham Gallery.
  8. ^ Diane Rozas, Anita Bourne Gottehrer, 1999.American Venus: The Extraordinary Life of Audrey Munson:a New York Sun article in 1913: "Up on Riverside Drive Allen George Newman's fountain "Music of the Water," shows another pose of this young woman."