William Rudolf O'Donovan

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William Rudolf O'Donovan
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William Rudolf O'Donovan and his bust of Walt Whitman (May 1891). Photograph by Thomas Eakins.[1]
Born(1844-03-28)March 28, 1844
DiedApril 20, 1920(1920-04-20) (aged 76)
Known forSculpture

William Rudolf O'Donovan (March 28, 1844 – April 20, 1920[2]) was an American sculptor.


O'Donovan was born in Preston County, Virginia (now West Virginia), and taught himself to sculpt. After the Civil War, in which O'Donovan served in the Confederate army, he opened a studio in New York City and became well known as a sculptor, especially of memorial pieces.[3]

In 1878, O'Donovan become an associate of the National Academy of Design. George Washington was a favorite subject of his, and he published a series of papers on Washington portraits.[4] During the 1870s and 1880s he collaborated with Maurice J. Power, politician, sculptor and owner of the National Fine Art Foundry producing many works of public art.[5]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ Bust of Walt Whitman
  2. ^ "O'Donovan, William Rudolf". Dictionary of American Biography. Comprehensive Index. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1990.
  3. ^  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "O'Donovan, William Rudolf". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  4. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWilson, J. G.; Fiske, J., eds. (1900). "O'Donovan, William Rudolf" . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
  5. ^ Reason, Akila (2010). Thomas Eakins and the Uses of History. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 152.
  6. ^ Taylor relief from SIRIS.
  7. ^ Portrait of Winslow Homer from SIRIS.
  8. ^ Captors' Monument from SIRIS.
  9. ^ Lawrence, MA monument from SIRIS.
  10. ^ Oriskany Monument from SIRIS.
  11. ^ Inscription: "El Gobierno y el Pueblo de Venezuela a JORGE WASHINGTON Fundador de la Republica del Norte Erigido en el Centenario del Libertador Simon Bolivar 1883." Source: Frances David Whittemore, George Washington in Sculpture (2005), p. 125.
  12. ^ Venezuela Washington from Flickr.
  13. ^ Marie Heimlicher from SIRIS.
  14. ^ Col. Morgan from SIRIS.
  15. ^ Col. Morgan from Historic Marker Database.
  16. ^ Newburgh Washington from SIRIS.
  17. ^ Newburgh Washington from Flickr.
  18. ^ Irish Brigade from SIRIS.
  19. ^ Whitman bust from SIRIS.
  20. ^ Archbishop Hughes from Fordham University Library.
  21. ^ Trenton Battle Monument from SIRIS.
  22. ^ Trenton Washington from Destination Trenton.
  23. ^ Meredith Bzdak, Public Sculpture in New Jersey: Monuments to Collective Identity (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1999), pp. 36-37.
  24. ^ National Museum of American Art; National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution) (1993). Revisiting the white city: American art at the 1893 World's Fair. Washington, D.C. : Hanover: National Museum of American Art and National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution ; Distributed by the University Press of New England. p. 371. ISBN 0937311014.
  25. ^ Bust of Thomas Eakins from SIRIS
  26. ^ Lincoln relief from SIRIS.
  27. ^ Grant relief from SIRIS.


  • Virginia Baird Kelly, William Rudolf O'Donovan and the Business, Politics, and Art of Sculpture (Masters thesis, Syracuse University, 1992).

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