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Mills, Clark

Born: 1815 AD
Died: 1883 AD, at 68 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Sculptor


1810 - Born near Syracuse, New York. An American sculptor, Clark Mills, who was renowned for his bronze equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C.

1837 - He had little formal education, moved to Charleston, South Carolina.

1840 - In South Carolina, Clark Mills developed a method of using life casts from the faces of his sitters in order to simplify the production of portrait busts.

1846 - His bust of John C. Calhoun, purchased by the city of Charleston and at that time considered the best likeness of Calhoun, was made from such a life mask.

1850 - He settled in Washington, D.C.

1853 - He is known for establishing an early bronze foundry where he cast his sculptures, such as the equestrian statue of General Andrew Jackson, situated in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC.

         - It was the first equestrian statue erected in the United States, as well as the first bronze sculpture made.

1865 - Mills and his son, Theodore, also modeled a life mask of Abraham Lincoln just 60 days before the president was assassinated.

1883 - He died at the age of 70.


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