Martin Milmore

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Martin Milmore
Martin Milmore (1844-1883).jpg
EducationBoston Latin School; Lowell Institute
Known forSculpture
Notable work
Soldiers and Sailors Monument
MovementThomas Ball
Memorial(s)Death and the Sculptor

Martin Milmore (1844–1883) was an American sculptor.

Life and career[edit]

Milmore immigrated to Boston from Sligo, Ireland at age seven, graduated from Boston Latin School in 1860, took art lessons at the Lowell Institute, and learned to carve in wood and stone from his older brother Joseph (1841–1886).[1]

He entered the studio of Thomas Ball of Charlestown in his early teens and stayed until the mid-1860s. His first sculptures seem to have been cabinet-size busts of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord) and Charles Sumner, both modeled from life around 1863. In the 1860s he worked from the Studio Building.[2]

By his 20th birthday, Milmore received a commission for three giant figures ("Ceres", "Flora" and "Pomona") for the front of the Horticultural Hall in Boston; the restored versions are now on display at the Elm Bank Horticulture Center.

He subsequently designed the Roxbury Soldiers' Monument at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts (1867), the American Sphinx in Mount Auburn Cemetery (1872), the Soldiers and Sailors Monument for the Boston Common (1877), and a bust of Senator Charles Sumner, now displayed in the United States Senate.

After Milmore died at the age of 38, Daniel Chester French created a memorial tribute entitled Death and the Sculptor for the grave of Milmore and his brother in Forest Hills Cemetery.[3]




  1. ^ Taft, Lorado, Modern Tendencies in Sculpture: The Scammon Lectures at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1917, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1922 p. 252
  2. ^ Boston Directory. 1868
  3. ^ Wilson, Susan, Garden of Memories: A Guide to Historic Forest Hills, Forest Hills Educational Trust, 1998 p. 61–62,


  • Walter G. Strickland, ed. (1913). "Milmore, Martin (b. 1844, d. 1883)". Dictionary of Irish Artists.

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