Eli Harvey

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Eli Harvey
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Born(1860-09-23)September 23, 1860
Ogden, Ohio
DiedFebruary 10, 1957(1957-02-10) (aged 96)
Alhambra, California
EducationArt Academy of Cincinnati
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Eli Harvey (September 23, 1860 – February 10, 1957) was an American sculptor, painter and animalier.


The Eaton family's mausoleum at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto, with lions by Eli Harvey

Harvey was born in Ogden, Ohio, a Quaker community in Clinton County, to William P. and Nancy M. Harvey.[1] He attended art school in the Art Academy of Cincinnati where he studied painting with Thomas Satterwhite Noble and sculpture with Louis Rebisso. In 1889 he moved to Paris where he continued his studies, with Lefebvre, Constant, Doucet and finally Frémiet.[2] In 1897 he began exhibiting sculptures of animals at Paris salons and continued doing so until returning to the United States in 1900, by which time he was "firmly committed to animal sculpture."[3]

His work was exhibited at both the Pan-American Exposition (Buffalo, New York, 1900) and at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (Saint Louis, Missouri, 1904) and a decade later at the Panama–Pacific International Exposition (San Francisco, California, 1915). Harvey also produced architectural sculpture for the lion house at the New York Zoological Park and two lions for the Eaton family mausoleum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[2]

Harvey's most popular work was a life-sized elk produced for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and used at their buildings and in cemeteries around the United States.

He died in Alhambra, California on February 10, 1957.[4]

His home is included on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Clinton County, Ohio.

Elk, or Elk at Rest[edit]

"The Order of Elks commissioned him to create a statue of the elk. and so pleased were they with the result that they ordered numerous replicas to be made."[5] These include the following:

Elks statues by Eli Harvey
Year Location Image
1904 Greenwood Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana Greenwood Cemetery, New Orleans, LA.jpg
1904 Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, Colorado
1905 North Burial Ground, Providence, Rhode Island
1907 Clinton County Historical Society, 149 East Locust Street, Wilmington, Ohio
1907 318 Prince Street, over entrance, Alexandria, Virginia
1909 Riverside Cemetery, Waterbury, Connecticut Monument to Edward Leach (Elk Statue by Eli Harvey), Riverside Cemetery, Waterbury, CT - September 2014.JPG
Elks Opera House, Prescott, Arizona Elk - Prescott 964.jpg
1917 Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota Elk by Eli Harvey in Minneapolis cemetery
1923 Mohawk Trail, Florida, Massachusetts Florida-The Elk On The Trail.jpg
1924 B.P.O. E., Route 11 South, Kirkwood, New York
1925 Toledo Memorial Park, Sylvania, Ohio
1925 Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, New York Oakwood-elk-statue-2016-07.jpg
1936 Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, New York
1937 Elks National Home, Bedford, Virginia[6]
Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terra Haute, Indiana ELK by Eli Harvey in Terra Haute, Indiana, USA
Greenlawn Cemetery Newport News, Virginia Greenlawn Cemetery - Elks monument.jpg
Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York Kensico Elk Statue November 2011.JPG
Roselawn Cametery, Pueblo, Colorado Elk in Pueblo CO.jpg


Eli Harvey's signature adorns "Bronze Bruno" at Brown University (1927)

Harvey's works can be found in :[7]


  1. ^ Proske, Beatrice Gilman, Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture, Brookgreen Gardens, SC, 1968 p. 163
  2. ^ a b The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Vol. XII. James T. White & Company. 1904. p. 522. Retrieved August 18, 2020 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Craven, Wayne, Sculpture in America, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York, 1968 pp. 537–538
  4. ^ "Eli Harvey, Noted Sculptor, Dies". The News Journal. February 12, 1957. p. 1. Retrieved August 18, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ Craven, Wayne, Sculpture in America, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York, 1968 p. 540
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "SIRIS - Smithsonian Institution Research Information System".