Domingo Mora

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Portrait of Domingo Mora, c. 1895

Domingo Mora (1840–1911) was a Spanish-American sculptor and architectural sculptor.


Born in Catalonia, Spain, he studied sculpture in Barcelona and Madrid. He emigrated to Montevideo, Uruguay, where he married French-born Laura Gaillard. They had two sons, both of whom became artists – F. Luis Mora (1874–1940) and Jo Mora (1876–1947). In 1877 the family moved to the United States, and Mora became chief designer for the Perth Amboy Terra Cotta Company. There, he designed architectural sculpture for hundreds of buildings, including New York City's Metropolitan Opera House.[1] He later settled in California.[2]

He was a member of the National Sculpture Society. Mora died in San Francisco, California on July 24, 1911.[3]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ Opitz, Glenn B., ‘’Mantle Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers’’, Apollo Books, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1988
  2. ^ Mitchell, Stephen, Jo Mora: Renaissance Man of the West. Stoecklein Publishing, Ketchum, Idaho, 1994, p.4
  3. ^ Kvaran & Lockley, A Guide to the Architectural Sculpture of the United States unpublished manuscript and website.
  4. ^ All Saints Ashmont. Archived January 9, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ The 16 caryatid figures are titled: Law, Temperance, Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Punishment, Guilt, Equity, Right, Innocence, Reward, Wisdom, Religion, Virtue, Reason, and Legislation.
  6. ^ Congregational House Bas-reliefs from Boston Public Art.
  7. ^ A Souvenir of the Art Museum of the City Library Association. Springfield, Mass: Clark W. Bryan & Co. 1895.


  • Oswald Spier, "Domingo Mora—A Sculptor in Clay," The Brickbuilder, An Architectural Monthly (Boston: Rogers & Manson, February 1912), pp. 28–32.[1]