Rudulph Evans

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Rudulph Evans
Born(1878-02-01)February 1, 1878
DiedJanuary 16, 1960(1960-01-16) (aged 81)
Known forSculpture
Notable work
Statue of Thomas Jefferson inside the Jefferson Memorial

Rudulph Evans (February 1, 1878 – January 16, 1960), sculptor, was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Virginia.

Boy and Panther by Rudulph Evans, based on Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli. Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina.
Evans' 1947 statue of Thomas Jefferson is exhibited in the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Early life[edit]

Evans was born on February 1878 in Washington DC to Frank L. Evans, the descendant of a Quaker family, and Elizabeth J. Grimes, the daughter of doctor Gassaway Sellman Grimes.[1] He grew up in Front Royal, Virginia. He studied in France at the École des Beaux-Arts; among his fellow students were Auguste Rodin and Augustus Saint-Gaudens. He also studied at the Corcoran School of Art under Edith Ogden Heidel.[2]


After returning to the United States in 1900, he maintained a studio in New York City. In 1918, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full Academician in 1929. He moved back to Washington, D.C., in 1949. Evans designed the statue of Thomas Jefferson inside the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. At the time the memorial was inaugurated, in 1943, due to material shortages during World War II, the statue was of plaster patinated to resemble bronze; the finished bronze, cast by the Roman Bronze Works of New York, was installed in 1949.[3] His other noted works include the statues of Julius Sterling Morton (1937) and of William Jennings Bryan (1937), both in the National Statuary Hall Collection of the United States Capitol. Evans also sculpted the statue of Robert E. Lee (1932) in the Virginia State Capitol.[4]


  1. ^ Downs, Winfield Scott (27 December 2017). "Encyclopedia of American Biography: New Series". American Historical Society. Retrieved 27 December 2017 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Virgil E. McMahan (1995). The Artists of Washington, D.C., 1796–1996. Artists of Washington. ISBN 978-0-9649101-0-2.
  3. ^ Documentation of the Jefferson Memorial. Office of the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER), of the National Park Service. September 1994. Library of Congress. Accessed 26 May 2009.
  4. ^ Evans's statue of Robert E. Lee for the Virginia State Capitol. Virginia State Art Collection. Library of Virginia. Accessed 23 June 2011.


Yonkers, Tescia Ann. "Behold His Bronze Likeness: Rudulph Evans's Statue of Robert E. Lee." Virginia Cavalcade 34 (Autumn 1984): 90–95.

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