Edmond Thomas Quinn

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Edmond T. Quinn (1915) by Albert Sterner

Edmond Thomas Quinn (1868, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – September 1929, New York City) was an American sculptor and painter. He is best known for his bronze statue of Edwin Booth as Hamlet, which stands at the center of Gramercy Park in New York City. His larger-than-lifesize bronze bust of Victor Herbert stands near The Pond in Central Park, New York City.


He studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins. Following Eakins's February 1886 forced-resignation from PAFA, Quinn followed him to the Art Students League of Philadelphia, and later became that short-lived school's curator.[1] In Paris he trained for a time as a sculptor in the studio of Jean Antoine Injalbert.


He exhibited regularly at the National Academy of Design, showing paintings in 1891, 1893, 1905, 1906 and 1907. He first showed his sculpture there in 1908, and annually for many years, usually portrait busts. He won a silver medal for his sculpture at the Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco, 1915.[2] He also exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (paintings: 1891, 1894, 1897; sculptures: 1899, 1901, 1905-06, 1908-10, 1914-16, 1921, 1923, 1925-26, 1928, posthumously 1930), and the Art Institute of Chicago.

He was elected an Associate of the National Academy of Design in 1920,[3] and was a member of the National Sculpture Society,[4] the Century Association, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Players Club, for whom he executed his statue of Booth.

Quinn was recognized as being a fine portraitist whose work "shows taste and conscience." His portrait busts include Franklin Hooper, Sylvester Malone, Edwin Markham, Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, Padraic Colum and Eugene O'Neill.[5] His half-length, oil-on-canvas portrait of Attilio Piccirilli, the sculptor whose studio executed many works of American Beaux-Arts masters, is in the National Academy of Design,[6] as are his painted portraits of Furio Piccirilli and Sherry E. Fry.[7] The National Portrait Gallery has a large number of his portrait busts.


Quinn was found drowned off Governors Island, New York City in September 1929, a suicide.[8] Quinn had tried to kill himself four months earlier by drinking poison.[9]

Quinn's papers are at Yale University.[10]

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Hall of Fame for Great Americans[edit]



  • Dearinger, David Bernard. Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design 2004:455.


  1. ^ Margaret McHenry, Thomas Eakins Who Painted (Oreland, PA: by the author, 1946), p. 121.
  2. ^ American Art Annual, 14 (1918): "Who's Who in Art": s.v. "Quinn, Edmond T., 135 De Kalb Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y."".
  3. ^ "14 Elected to National Academy" New York Times (April 16, 1920)
  4. ^ National Sculpture Society, ‘’Exhibition of American Sculpture Catalogue’’, National Sculpture Society, NY 1923 pp. 202-203
  5. ^ Taft, Lorado, ‘’The History of American Sculpture’’, The Macmillan Company, New York, 1925 p 551.
  6. ^ It is illustrated in Dearinger 2004:455
  7. ^ David Bernard Dearinger; National Academy of Design (U.S.) (2004). Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design: 1826-1925. Hudson Hills. ISBN 978-1-55595-029-3. 
  8. ^ "Body of E.T. Quinn Identified by Friend; Sculptor Who Ended His Life in Bay Will Be Buried Today at Newport" New York Times (September 14, 1929)
  9. ^ "Quinn, Sculptor, Tries to End Life; Noted Artist Drinks Poison in His Home and Is Taken to Hospital. Motive Mystifies Family; His Bust of Holmes Unveiled in the Hall of Fame Last Week-- Has Work in Museum" New York Times (May 12, 1929)
  10. ^ Edmond T. Quinn Papers
  11. ^ Clown from La Salle University.
  12. ^ Atilio Piccirilli from SIRIS.
  13. ^ Sherry E. Fry from SIRIS.
  14. ^ Furio Piccirilli from SIRIS.
  15. ^ William Howard (Portrait of a Seated Man) from SIRIS.
  16. ^ Howard statue from SearchForAncestors.
  17. ^ Copy of Poe bust from Flickr.
  18. ^ Persian Religion from Brooklyn Museum.
  19. ^ Nymph from Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  20. ^ Professor Hooper from Brooklyn Museum.
  21. ^ Leon Kroll from SIRIS.
  22. ^ Dr. Sims from SIRIS.
  23. ^ Sims Monument from South Carolina Statehouse.
  24. ^ Henry Clay from SIRIS.
  25. ^ King Mountain reliefs from SIRIS.
  26. ^ General Featherston from NPS.
  27. ^ World War I Memorial from The New Rochelle Report.
  28. ^ Edwin Booth
  29. ^ James Kent
  30. ^ Oliver Wendell Holmes
  31. ^ John Quincy Adams

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