William Rudolf O'Donovan
Also Known as: William Rudolph O'Donovan, W. R. O'Donovan, William O'Donovan
New York, New York 1920
Courtesy William Page and Page family papers, 1828-1942. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Luce Artist Quote
“Just as our place is unique in . . . history . . . we may expect the same of our art, which is the last and highest expression of human aspirations.” William Rudolf O’Donovan, New York Times, May 1899
Luce Artist Biography
William Rudolf O’Donovan had no technical art training, apart from a brief apprenticeship with a marble cutter in Greene County, Pennsylvania. After serving in the Confederate army during the Civil War, he established a studio in New York and began work as a professional sculptor. He created many portraits and memorials, and was a founder of the Tile Club, a group of artists who met regularly to create handmade ceramic tiles and to offer one another support, inspiration, and camaraderie.