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JACKSON, John Adams, sculptor, born in Bath, Maine, 5 November, 1825; died in Pracchia, Tuscany, 30 August, 1879. He was apprenticed to a machinist in Boston, where he gave evidence of talent by modelling a bust of Thomas Buchanan Read. He studied linear and geometrical drawing in Boston, gave much time to crayon portraits, and then went to Paris, where he studied under Suisse. In 1858 he went to New York, and remained there till 1860, when he returned to Florence, which was afterward his home. His portrait busts include those of Daniel Webster (1851); Adelaide Phillips (1853); and Wendell Phillips (1854). His ideal productions are noted for their anatomical accuracy and graceful treatment. These include "Eve and the Dead Abel" (1862); "Autumn"; "Cupid Stringing his Bow"; "Titania and Nick Bottom"; "The Culprit Fay" (many times repeated); "Dawn" (repeated); "Peace"; "Cupid on a Swan"; "The Morning Glory" (a medallion repeated fourteen times); "Reading Girl" (1869); "Nusidora" (Vienna Exposition, 1873); "Hylas" (1875); and "Ii Pastorello," an Abruzzi peasant-boy with his goat. He designed a statue of Dr. Elisha K. Kane, the arctic explorer, for the Kane monument association (1860); a group for the southern gate-house of the reservoir in Central park, New York (1867); and the soldiers' monument at Lynn, Massachusetts (1874).
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