William Rinehart

William Rinehart

Birth
Union Bridge, Carroll County, Maryland, USA
Death 28 Oct 1874 (aged 49)
Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 876 · View Source
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Sculptor. Born near Union Bridge in Carroll County, Maryland, he is considered Maryland's most prominent Neo-Classical sculptor. Beginning his career working in the stone yard of Baughman and Bevan on the site of what today is The Peabody Institute in Baltimore his early patron was William Thompson Walters, founder of the Walters Art Gallery (now Museum). His financial support made possible the sculptor's study in Florence. After completing his studies he returned to Baltimore for a year, but he then returned to Italy and settled there permanently. His Italian studio was frequently visited by American artists and he had a steady flow of American commissions including a portrait bust in 1862 of Mrs. W T Walters which is now part of the Walters Art Museum collection. He was also commissioned to create an allegorical memorial for the Walters family tomb. He left his estate in trust for the education of sculpture at the Maryland Institute and today the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Institute is one of the most renowned in the country. He made trips to this country in 1866 and 1872 bringing with him during this latter trip his statue of Chief Justice Roger B Taney which in this same year was unveiled in Annapolis Maryland. In 1873 he set sail once more for Italy with a large number of orders. He fell victim to malaria and died in Rome the next year.

Bio by: D C McJonathan-Swarm


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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Rinehart (13 Sep 1825–28 Oct 1874), Find a Grave Memorial no. 876, citing Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .