Henry Dexter

Name
Henry Dexter
Born
Nelson, New York 1806
Died
Cambridge, Massachusetts 1876
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Luce Artist Biography

Henry Dexter was an unlikely candidate for an artist. At sixteen, he was indentured as a blacksmith in order to support his family. At the end of a four-year apprenticeship he was extremely skilled in his trade, but no happier and in no position to try something new. It wasn’t until he was thirty that Dexter was finally able to study the arts. He had imagined himself a painter, but discovered his real gift was sculpting. In 1859, Dexter decided to embark on an ambitious project: He would travel to every state in the Union to model a bust of each governor. It was a dangerous venture, as the country was on the brink of the Civil War, but Dexter was undeterred. He successfully completed his project and the busts were displayed in the Massachusetts State House.

Works by This Artist

modeled ca. 1859
painted plaster
ca. 1859
marble
modeled 1842
painted plaster