Paul Wayland Bartlett was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1865, the son of the minor sculptor Truman Howe Bartlett. When Bartlett was nine years old, the Bartlett family moved to France. Bartlett studied art at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he developed an affinity for sculpting animals. His Bear Tamer received an honorable mention at the Salon in Paris in 1887; Indian Ghost Dancer was admired for its exacting anatomy at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Bartlett became one of the prominent Beaux-Arts artists of his day, maintaining sculpture studios in Paris, New York, and Washington, D.C. Major examples of his work include the equestrian statue of the Marquis de Lafayette (1899 – 1908), donated by the United States to France, and the pediment on the U.S. Capitol, House of Representatives, east front portico. The artist died in Paris in 1925.
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Paul Wayland Bartlett was the son of noted sculptor, art critic, and historian Truman Bartlett. Ironically, while the elder