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GERHARDT, Karl, sculptor, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 7 January, 1853. He is of German parentage, and in early life was a machinist in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and then a designer of machinery in Hartford, Connecticut His first works were a bust of his wife and " A Startled Bather;" which so strongly indicated talent that he was sent to Paris for study. In his second year he contributed to the salon, where he also exhibited in 1884 " Echo," a statuette, and " Eve's Lullaby," a life-size group. His other works include a bust of General Ulysses S. Grant, taken in the last days of his illness; busts of Samuel L. Clemens (1883) and the Reg. Henry Ward Beecher (1886); a statue of Nathan Hale (see vol. iii., p. 31) in the state capitol at Hartford (1885); an equestrian statue of General Israel Putnam in Brooklyn, Connecticut (1887); a statue of Josiah Bartlett, signer of the Declaration of Independence, in Amesbury, Massachusetts (1888); Welton Fountain, Waterbury, Connecticut (1888); statue of General Gouverneur K. Warren (see p. 362) at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (1888)" and tablet to John Fitch, in the state capitol in Hartford, Connecticut (1888).
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