Erastus Dow Palmer
|Erastus Dow Palmer|
April 2, 1817|
Pompey, New York, U.S.
|Died||March 9, 1904
Albany, New York, U.S.
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; and many portrait busts. He died at his home in Albany on the 9th of March 1904. 
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.
- Lauren Keach Lessing (2006). Presiding Divinities: Ideal Sculpture in Nineteenth-Century American Domestic Interiors. Ph.D. dissertation: Indiana University.
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- Art and the empire city: New York, 1825-1861, an exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF), which contains material on Palmer (see index)
- Marble Statue Female Nude and others
- Short bio
- Painting by Walter Launt Palmer
- The Winterthur Library Overview of an archival collection on Erastus Dow Palmer.
- Erastus Dow Palmer at Find a Grave
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.