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Larkin Goldsmith Mead

MEAD, Larkin Goldsmith, sculptor, born in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, 3 January, 1835. At an early age he removed to Brattleboro', Vermont, where he was educated and first displayed his artistic talent by modelling in snow a colossal figure of an angel, which excited much admiration. An account of this, published in various newspapers, attracted the attention of Nicholas Longworth, of Cincinnati, who provided for the boy's artistic education. From 1853 till 1855 he studied with Henry Kirke Brown in Brooklyn, New York In 1855 he produced the "Recording Angel" and in 1857 a colossal statue of "Vermont," which crowns the dome of the statehouse in Montpelier, and in 1861 he executed the statue of Ethan Allen that stands in the portico. From the encampment of the Army of th.e Potomac he sent to a New York illustrated paper, early in the civil war, numerous spirited sketches of camp and battle scenes. In 1862 he went to Florence, where he has since resided, and has produced there statuettes of " Echo," "Sappho," "Joseph the Shepherd," and "The Mountain Boy." His first elaborate work in Italy was a group, "The Returned Soldier" (1866). Between 1868 and 1874 he produced the groups "Columbus's Last Appeal to Queen Isabella" and "America," for the soldiers' monument at St. Johnsbury, Vermont Besides portrait busts he has modelled "Venice, the Bride of the Sea," and "The Discovery of America." In 1874 he completed for Vermont a statue of Ethan Allen to be placed in the old hall of representatives in Washington, now called the National statuary hall. His statue of Lincoln for the president's monument in Springfield, Illinois, was placed there on 15 October. 1874. (See LINCOLN, ABRAHAM.) It represents Mr. Lincoln as having just signed the proclamation of emancipation, lie has executed four colossal groups, entitled "Cavalry," " Infantry," "Artillery," and "Navy," and his latest work is a colossal statue in marble of the Mississippi river represented as a river-god.--His brother, William Rutherford, architect, born in Brattleboro', Vermont, 20 August, 1846, was graduated at Amherst in 1867, and studied architecture for two years with Russell Sturgis, Jr., in New York. Subsequently he spent two years abroad in the study of his profession, and on his return became associated with Charles F. McKim and Stanford White as a professional architect. In this capacity he has designed a great number of private and public buildings, for a description of the more important of which see McKIM, CHARLES F.--His cousin, Edwin Doak, lecturer, born in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, 29 September, 1849, was educated in his native town, and in 1874 became a candidate for orders in the Protestant Episcopal church, but never entered the ministry. From 1875 till 1879 he studied in Europe at Cambridge and Leipsic. He has been largely engaged in lecturing on philosophy, politics, and American history and literature. Since 1883 he has been engaged in the Old South Historical Work, which is devoted to better citizenship and the promotion of historical and political studies, especially among the young people. In addition to numerous articles upon the broad church movement and other religious subjects, he has edited "Faith and Freedom," by Stop-ford A. Brooke (Boston, 1881), and is the author of "The Philosophy of Carlyle" (1881), and "Martin Luther: A Study of the Reformation" (1884).

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