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Carleton Watson Angell
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Birth: Feb. 26, 1887
Belding
Ionia County
Michigan, USA
Death: Jun. 1, 1962
Ann Arbor
Washtenaw County
Michigan, USA

Carleton Watson Angell was an American artist who specialized in animal sculpture. He was the first of three sons born to Homer H. Angell (1848-1902) and his wife Jennett Watson Angell (1868-1948). His father was a farmer in Otisco, near Belding, Ionia Co., MI. According to newspaper accounts, Carleton received his first art lessons from a customer on his father's milk route. Unfortunately, Homer Angell died in 1902 and his widow moved with their three sons to her family in Ilion, Herkimer Co., NY. (The 1910 Federal Census lists the family as living on Second St., German Flatts in Ilion. 23-year-old Carleton was working as a shipping clerk in a cabinet works.) Carleton's interest in art remained strong and the young man reportedly worked seven years to save enough money for art school. He eventually enrolled the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where his primary interest was sculpture. Afterwards, Carleton found work at the American Terra Cotta Company modeling decorative panels for building facades. He lost the job in an economic downturn and returned to Ilion where he worked in his brother's grocer store.

Returning home had one reward. In Ilion Carleton met Gladys Thayer Hollis (1887-1974), daughter of Theron V. and Lois Ella Skeel Hollis. Carleton and Gladys were married on October 4, 1913. The couple were to have four children: David (1915-1916), Douglas Bertram (b. 1916), Donald Willard (b. 1919), and Ella Jennett (b. 1921). For a time the family remained in Ilion, though the house on Second St. became increasingly cramped with the addition of children and a widowed father-in-law.

Shortly after the birth of his youngest child in 1921 Carleton got the break he needed. In 1922 he and his family moved to Ann Arbor, MI where Carleton accepted a half-time position teaching drawing and modeling to architecture students at the University of Michigan. Carleton and Gladys also opened their home to boarders to make ends meet. In 1926 Carleton joined the staff of the University's research museums of natural science as an artist. At the museums (later consolidated as the Museum of Natural History) he collaborated with paleontologists, anthropologists, zoologists and other scientists to create dioramas, three-dimensional tableaux depicting different ecosystems and different eras of natural and human history. He also received commissions for portrait busts and other sculptural projects for the museum, university and local community. Undoubtedly, Carleton's most famous sculptures are the pair of pumas, installed in 1940 to flank the entrance to the Ruthven Museums Building on North University. (Originally cast in terrazzo, the iconic cats were replaced by bronze replicas in 2007.) Other commissions include the "Four Chaplains" monument (1954) at Arborcrest Memorial Park in Ann Arbor, and two large figurative reliefs (1956) for the exterior of the Washtenaw County Courthouse, Ann Arbor.

Carleton Angell died of a heart attack at seventy-four, an honored and beloved member of the university community.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Homer H. Angell (1848 - 1902)
  Jennett Watson Angell (1868 - 1948)
 
 Spouse:
  Gladys Thayer Hollis Angell (1887 - 1974)*
 
 Children:
  David Angell (1915 - 1916)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Washtenong Memorial Park and Mausoleum
Ann Arbor
Washtenaw County
Michigan, USA
 
Maintained by: John W. Coffey
Originally Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Dec 16, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23432394
Carleton Watson Angell
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Carleton Watson Angell
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Carleton Watson Angell
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