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Adams, Herbert, 1858-1945



  • Existence: 1858 - 1945


Samuel Herbert Adams was born on February 28, 1858 in West Concord, Vermont. He attended the Fitchburg public schools, the Academy and was influenced by Fitchburg’s first Art teacher, Louise Haskell, to pursue a career in Art. He attended Massachusetts Normal School in Boston and got a teaching certificate. Herbert Adams taught Art in the Fitchburg Public schools from 1878–1882, but left Fitchburg for Paris France in 1885 to pursue his interest in sculpture. During Adams lifetime he completed over 200 major public works of art, and is considered to be one of the most important American sculptors. In 1890-1898 he was an instructor in the art school of Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. He was elected into the National Academy of Design in 1898, and in 1906 was elected vice-president of the National Academy of Design, New York. Adams later served as President from 1917-1920. He was a member of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts from 1915 to 1920, serving as vice chairman from 1918 to 1920. Adams died on May 21, 1945.

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Sculpture photographs

Identifier: MS-782
Date(s): 1915 to 1935

Sculpture Photographs. The collection contains contemporary photographs of the work of American sculptor Herbert Adams, a sometime member of the Cornish Colony of artists.

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