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 Alexander Milne Calder

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Alexander Milne Calder

Birth
Aberdeen, Aberdeen City, Scotland
Death 4 Jun 1923 (aged 76)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Pencoyd Section, Lot 200
Memorial ID 35125639 View Source
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Artist. The son of a stone-cutter, he studied carving at the Royal Institute of Arts in Edinburgh, Scotland and also in Paris, France and in London, England where he later worked on the carving of the Albert Memorial. In 1868 he went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Thomas Eakins. In 1873 he began a 20-year project to design and execute sculptural decorations for Philadelphia's new City Hall. This is his most significant work, and the elaborate statues and panels of statesmen and early settlers form perhaps the most ambitious decorative ideas ever executed for a building by a single sculptor in the USA. The bronze statue of William Penn (over 11 m high), placed on top of City Hall in 1894, is a well-known landmark in Philadelphia and was until the 1980s the highest point in the city. In 1875 he won the competition for the colossal bronze statue of William Penn.

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  • Added: 25 Mar 2009
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35125639/alexander-milne-calder : accessed ), memorial page for Alexander Milne Calder (23 Aug 1846–4 Jun 1923), Find a Grave Memorial ID 35125639, citing West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .