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Thomas Crawford Letter to Wiley and Putnam

Identifier: SC 00492

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Letter from Thomas Crawford, New York, to Wiley and Putnam, London [England] complaining about not receiving a certain publication, Art Unions, after payment made. April [18]48.


  • Creation: 1848 April 29


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Biographical Information:

Thomas Gibson Crawford (March 22, 1813/14 - October 10, 1857) was a sculptor who was born in New York City, the son of Aaron & Mary (Gibson) Crawford. He went to Rome to study sculpture in 1835 and made that city his home, visiting America only rarely. His major accomplishments include the figure above the dome of the United States Capitol entitled Freedom, and the bronze doors and pediment statues for the Senate wing.

Crawford died of cancer, in London, where he had gone for treatment on October 10, 1857 before Freedom was completed, and another artist finished the fine details. Another major work is "Orpheus and Cerebus" (1843), displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He was married to Louisa Cutler Ward, a sister of Julia Ward Howe, and by her had four children. His only son was the writer Francis Marion Crawford. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Jesse Choate Phillips Fund

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