Richard Saltonstall Greenough

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Richard Saltonstall Greenough
John Winthrop by Richard Saltonstall Greenough (1873).jpg
Bronze statue of John Winthrop by Richard Saltonstall Greenough (1873). Marlborough Street, Back Bay, Boston, Massachusetts
Born 1819 (1819)
Boston, Massachusetts
Died 1904 (1905)
Nationality American
Known for Sculpture

Richard Saltonstall Greenough (April 19, 1819[1] – 1904) was an American sculptor and younger brother to Neoclassical sculptor Horatio Greenough.

Greenough was born in Boston, Massachusetts,[1] the youngest child of Elizabeth (Bender) and David Greenough (1774–1836). He was educated at the Boston Latin School, entering in 1829. At age 17, he followed his brother in a career in sculpture, and in 1837 left for Italy where he belonged to the second generation of American expatriate artists. Thereafter he divided his time between Europe and America, but spent most of his studio life in Rome. Greenough married Sarah Dana Loring of Boston on September 26, 1846. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1855.[2] Greenough died in Rome in 1904.[3] He is buried in the Protestant Cemetery, Rome.

Greenough's best-known work is probably a statue of Benjamin Franklin which stood in front of the Old City Hall (Boston). The statue on Boston's Freedom Trail, fell from its ten-foot pedestal in the early summer of 2016, but sustained almost no damage and is currently being repaired.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Richard Greenough Saltonstall". An Index to Boston Births Registered 1800 - 1849. New England Historic Genealogical Society. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter G" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  3. ^ American Art Annual, Volume 5. MacMillan Company. 1905. p. 121. 
  4. ^ Arnett, Dugan (August 19, 2016). "When Ben Franklin tumbled, they called him". Boston Globe. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 

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