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BROOKS, Caroline Shawk, sculptor, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, 28 April, 1840. Her father, Abel Shawk, was the inventor and builder of the first successful steam fire-engine. She studied drawing and painting, was graduated at the St. Louis normal school in 1862, married Samuel H. Brooks the same year, and first became known as an artist through an alto-relieve head of the "Dreaming Iolanthe," executed in butter at the centennial exhibition. Subsequently she gave public exhibitions of modelling in the new material. In 1877 she secured a patent for improvements in the methods of producing lubricated moulds in plaster. In May, 1878, she executed in butter at Washington a life-size statue of the "Dreaming Iolanthe," which was successfully transported to Paris and exhibited at the world's fair of 1878. She subsequently opened a studio in New York, and executed portrait marbles of Emanuel Swe-denborg (1883), James A. Garfield (1884), Thurlow Weed (1884), George Eliot (1886), and Thomas Carlyle (1886), and a portrait group of five figures, representing Mrs. Alicia Vanderbilt La Bau and her family (1886).
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