Dying Achilles with "Herter 1884 Berlin" signature detail at the Achilleion Palace, Corfu, Greece
Ernst Gustav Herter (born 14 May 1846 in Berlin, Germany – died 19 December 1917 in Berlin) was a famous German sculptor who worked in Berlin. He specialized in creating statues of mythological figures. Among his most famous works is Sterbender Achill (Dying Achilles), created in Berlin in 1884. The statue was acquired by the Empress of Austria and became the centerpiece at her palace Achilleion in Corfu, Greece.
On 8 July 1899, Herter was present in New York when his Heinrich Heine memorial sculpture, known as the Lorelei Fountain, was unveiled in the Bronx, New York City. The Lorelei Fountain was originally intended for Heine's city of birth, Düsseldorf, to mark the centenary of his birth. This project was squelched due to the antisemitic and nationalistic sentiment that pervaded the German Reich at that time.