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EZEKIEL, Noses Jacob, sculptor, born in Richmond, Virginia, 28 October 1844. He is of Hebrew parentage, and at an early age manifested his talent by painting panoramas. He entered the Virginia Military Institute, at Lexington, in 1861, and was graduated there in 1866, after serving in the Con federate army in 1864'5. He then served in his father's dry goods store, but devoted a portion of each day to his art, and executed some creditable paintings, among which was "The Prisoner's Wife." Soon afterward he gave his attention to sculpture, and produced" Cain, or the Offering Rejected," an ideal bust that showed dramatic talent. After studying anatomy in the Medical College of Virginia, he removed to Cincinnati in 1868, and in the following year went to Berlin, Germany.
In 1872 he modeled the colossal bust of Washington, now in Cincinnati, which gained him admission into the Society of artists of Berlin. In 1873 he won the Michael Beer prize, which had never before been awarded to a foreigner. In 1874 the Jewish secret order Sons of the Covenant commissioned him to execute a group entitled "Religious Liberty" for the Centennial exhibition. This was unveiled in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, 30 November 1876, and now stands in front of Horticultural Hall. He was afterward commissioned to execute statues for the outside niches of the Corcoran art gallery, Washington, D.C. Since 1886 his subjects have been mainly ideal. Among his works are busts of Liszt and Cardinal Hohenlohe ; a statuette of "Industry" (1868); reliefs of Schiller and Goethe (1870); basrelief portraits of Farragut (1872)and Robert E. Lee (1873); " Pan and Amor," a basrelief (1875); "Fountain of Neptune," Netturno, Italy (1884); a bronze medallion of William W. Corcoran for his gallery in Washington (1886); and a group entitled "Art and Nature," in Frankfort, Germany (1887). He received the cavalier's cross of merit for art and science, with a diploma from the grandduke of SaxeMeiningen, in 1887.
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