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BALL, Thomas, sculptor, born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, 3 June 1819. In early life he was a singer of basso parts in oratorios, and a portrait painter in Boston. About 1852 he devoted himself to modeling, and made a miniature bust of Jenny Lind, another of Daniel Webster, and a life-size statue of the statesman. He studied in Europe for several years, executing there "Truth," "Pandora," and the "Shipwrecked Sailor-Boy," and after his return to Boston made a bust of Rufus Choate, statuettes of Webster and Clay, and an equestrian statue of Washington. His later works are the statue of Forrest as "Coriolanus," of he-role size ; "Eve" ; a statuette of Lincoln ; a bust of Edward Everett ; statues of Governor Andrew of Massachusetts, Webster, Sumner, Josiah Quincy, and the group called "Emancipation," the original of which is in Washington, and a replica in Boston. His statue of Webster, in the Central Park, is his noblest work. It was placed there at an expense of about $60,000, through the munificence of a New York merchant.
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