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Borglum, Solon Hannibal (Solon)

Born: 1868 AD
Died: 1922 AD, at 53 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Sculptor


1868 - He was born in Ogden, Utah, on the 22nd of December. He is the younger brother of Gutzon Borglum of Mount Rushmore fame.

1885 - He ran a ranch on his father's land in central Nebraska, but also took painting lessons from artist J. Laurie Wallace.

1893 - He spent most of his childhood in Fremont, Nebraska, and he became a ranch hand in Southern California.

1895-1897 - He studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy under Louis T. Rebisso.

1898 - He married Emma Vignal in Paris.

1901 - He was elected to the National Sculpture Society, later becoming its vice pra a farm in Connecticut called "Rocky Ranch".

1910 - He moved to the Silvermine neighborhood of New Canaan, Connecticut, where he helped found the "Knockers Club" of artists.

1916-1917 - He taught at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design in New York and also developed ideas for an art textbook called Sound Construction, which he worked on with his student assistant Mildred Archer Nash.

1918 - He enlisted in the YMCA for overseas war work, attached to the Third and Fifth French Army.

1922 - He ran the school with great success, and gave many lectures on art and his experiences overseas until his sudden death after an appendectomy in January.


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