Carol Brooks MacNeil

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Carol Brooks MacNeil
Portrait of Carol Brooks MacNeil.jpg
Mrs. Carol Brooks MacNeil and her two sons
Born1871 (1871)
Chicago, Illinois
Died1944 (aged 72–73)
EducationArt Institute of Chicago
Known forSculptor
Movement"White Rabbits"

Carol Brooks MacNeil (January 15, 1871 – June 22, 1944)[1] was an American sculptor, born in Chicago where she studied at the Art Institute of Chicago under Lorado Taft. MacNeil modeled many charming and unique designs for vases, teapots, inkstands, and other decorative and useful objects, as well as children's busts, including those of her two sons, and statuettes.


The daughter of a painter father,[2] MacNeil chose instead to work in sculpture. MacNeil studied in Paris under Frederick William MacMonnies and Jean Antoine Injalbert. She was one of the "white rabbits" who worked for Lorado Taft at the World Columbian Exposition of 1893, along with other female artists including Helen F. Mears. In 1895, she married Hermon Atkins MacNeil, a sculptor of American Indians and heroic monuments.[3] They had two sons, Claude A. MacNeil and Alden B. MacNeil.[1] MacNeil evidently collaborated with her husband on at least one project, a sculpture of William McKinley in the William McKinley Monument in front of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, which was dedicated in September 1907.[4]

MacNeil won an honorable mention at the International Exposition of 1900 and a silver medal in the same year at the Exposition Universelle.[5] In 1904, she was awarded a bronze medal for a fountain at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, held in St. Louis.[3] She was a member of the National Sculpture Society.[1]

A longtime resident of the College Point neighborhood in Queens, New York, MacNeil died in the borough's Jamaica Hospital.


  1. ^ a b c "MRS. HERMON A. M'NEIL: Sculptor's Wife Also Painter and Sculptor in Own Right". New York Times. 1944-06-23. p. 19. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  2. ^ Page, Walter Hines (1907). The World's Work, vol. XIV. New York: Doubleday, Page & Company. pp. 9403–9419.
  3. ^ a b Rubenstein, Charlotte Streifer (1990). American Women Sculptors. Boston: G. K. Hall & Co. pp. 115–116. ISBN 0-8161-8732-0.
  4. ^ "THE MCKINLEY MEMORIAL". Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine. LI (2). February 1908.
  5. ^ Mackay, James (1977). The Dictionary of Sculptors in Bronze. Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club Ltd. p. 245. ISBN 1-85149-110-4.