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If you had the ability and years of training to take a block of wood or stone and turn it into a sublime piece of art, you too could have been employed by the church, the royal court or by a monied patron. Talented sculptors were usually in high demand and one could count on regular and continuing employment if one had the skill and techniques required. Here are many who did.
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Ernst Julius Haehnel

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18111891
a German sculptor and Professor at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts. He took a study trip to Rome and Florence and returned to Munich, living there from 1835 to 1838, when he was appointed to the Dresden Academy. Upon arriving there, Gottfried Semper entrusted him with the preparation of some sculptures for the new Semperoper (Opera House). In 1845, he creat...
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Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins

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18071889
an English sculptor and natural history artist renowned for his work on the life-size models of dinosaurs in the Crystal Palace Park in south London. The models, accurately made using the latest scientific knowledge, created a sensation at the time. Hawkins was also a noted lecturer on zoological topics.
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Jacob van der Heyden

borndied
15731645
a Flemish Baroque painter, sculptor and engraver. According to Houbraken he was a painter from Strasbourg who painted for royalty. He worked in Strasbourg, Frankfurt, and Sweden. and was known for portraits, landscapes and historical allegories. Most of his work that survives today are engravings. He died in Brussels.
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Prince Hoare the Elder

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17111769
an English sculptor. "Prince" is a given name, not a royal title. Possibly born near Eye, Suffolk, brother of William Hoare, he trained under Peter Scheemakers in London. He subsequently settled in Bath with his brother but spent much of the 1740s in Italy. He returned to Bath in 1749 and remained active as a sculptor, despite having married a wealthy heires...
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John Hogan

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18001858
one of Ireland's greatest sculptors. Hogan's best known work and masterpiece are the three versions of the statue of The Redeemer in Death or The Dead Christ. Hogan assured his international reputation in 1829 with The Dead Christ; thereafter, his creations were snapped up by Irish bishops visiting his Rome studio, and Hogan was pronounced by the Danish scul...
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Harriet Hosmer

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18301908
a neoclassical sculptor, considered the most distinguished female sculptor in America during the 19th century. Among other technical innovations, she pioneered a process for turning limestone into marble. Hosmer once lived in an expatriate colony in Rome, befriending many prominent writers and artists.
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Jean Antoine Houdon

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17411828
a French neoclassical sculptor. Houdon is famous for his portrait busts and statues of philosophers, inventors and political figures of the Enlightenment. Houdon's sculptures were used as models for the engravings used on various U.S. Postage stamps of the late 19th and early 20th centuries which depict Washington in profile
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