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BRACKETT, Edward Augustus, sculptor, born in Vassalborough, Maine, 1 Oct'., 1819. He began his career in 1838, and has produced portrait busts of Washington Allston, Richard Henry Dana, Bryant, Longfellow, Rufus Choate, Charles Sumner, John Brown, William Lloyd Garrison, Wendell Phillips, General Butler, and others. His marble group of the "Shipwrecked Mother and Child" is now the property of the Boston athenaeum.--His brother, Walter M., painter, born in Unity, Maine, 14 June, 1823, began painting in 1843, giving his attention to portraits and ideal heads, and executed likenesses of Charles Stunner, Edward Everett, and Oliver Wendell Holmes. He also painted portraits of the first four secretaries of war, for the war department at Washington. For some years he has devoted himself almost exclusively to the painting of game fish, especially of salmon and trout. A series of four of his pictures, representing the capture of a salmon with a fly, was exhibited at the Crystal Palace, London. He now lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he has for some time been president of the art club, of which he was one of the original members.
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