Erastus Dow Palmer

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Erastus Dow Palmer
Born(1817-04-02)April 2, 1817
DiedMarch 9, 1904(1904-03-09) (aged 86)
Known forSculpture

Erastus Dow Palmer (April 2, 1817 – March 9, 1904) was an American sculptor.


Palmer was born in Pompey, New York. In his leisure moments as a carpenter he started by carving portraits in cameo, and then began to model in clay with much success. His style was academic classicism. Among his works are: The White Captive (I858) in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Peace in Bondage (1863); Angel at the Sepulchre (1865), Albany, New York; a bronze statue of Chancellor Robert R. Livingston (1874), in Statuary Hall, Capitol, Washington, D.C.; and many portrait busts. He died at his home in Albany on March 9, 1904.[1] [2]

Palmer's son, Walter Launt Palmer (1854-1932), who studied art under Carolus-Duran in Paris, became a member of the National Academy of Design (1897); and is best known for his painting of snow scenes.[2]

White Captive, Metropolitan Museum


  1. ^ American Art Annual, Volume 5. MacMillan Company. 1905. p. 122.
  2. ^ a b Chisholm 1911.



  • Lessing, Lauren Keach (2006). Presiding Divinities: Ideal Sculpture in Nineteenth-Century American Domestic Interiors. Ph.D. dissertation: Indiana University.

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