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Henry Kirke Brown

Leyden, Massachusetts 1814

Newburgh, New York 1886

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  • New York, New York


Henry Kirke Brown studied in Boston for three years. He lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, for three years, where he completed his first marble bust in 1837. After moving to Albany, New York, in 1840, he spent four years in Italy. Upon returning to the United States in 1846, he executed the statue of George Washington in Union Square, New York—the first bronze statue executed in this country, which was unveiled on July 4, 1856. Brown was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1851.

National Museum of American Art (CD-ROM) (New York and Washington D.C.: MacMillan Digital in cooperation with the National Museum of American Art, 1996)