Seattle Public Sculptors

Twelve Makers of Monuments, Memorials and Statuary, 1909–1962


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About the Book

 From Seattle’s earliest days as a Gold Rush boomtown to its celebration of the future during the 1962 World’s Fair, local artists have created public art installations—statuary, reliefs and other sculpture—that have become familiar features of the city’s landscape. This comprehensive study of 12 Seattle sculptors and their works examines the motivations of the artists and their benefactors, the development of the city’s public art policy, and the political forces behind the pieces that are now part of the city’s rich history. Biographical details and historical perspective are provided for such artists as Lorado Taft, Alice Robertson Carr, John Carl Ely, Max P. Nielsen, August Werner and James FitzGerald.

About the Author(s)

Fred F. Poyner IV is an art historian and serves as the collections manager of the Nordic Heritage Museum where he oversees the curation and management of the permanent collection as an integral part of a new museum scheduled to open in 2018. He lives in Issaquah, Washington.

Bibliographic Details

Fred F. Poyner IV
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 240
Bibliographic Info: 37 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6650-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2866-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

 1. Lorado Taft (1860–1936) 3

 2. Richard E. Brooks (1865–1919) 18

 3. Finn Haakon Frolich (1868–1947) 31

 4. Max P. Nielsen (1864–1917) 47

 5. James A. Wehn (1882–1973) 58

 6. Allen George Newman (1875–1940) 70

 7. Herman Atkins MacNeil (1866–1947) 82

 8. Alonzo Victor Lewis (1886–1946) 98

 9. John Carl Ely (1897–1929) 120

10. Alice Robertson Carr (de Creeft) (1899–1996) 130

11. James FitzGerald (1910–1973) 149

12. August H. Werner (1893–1980) 166

Abbreviations 191

Chapter Notes 193

Bibliography 203

Index 217

Book Reviews & Awards

“written with clarity and considerable detail”—Seattle Times.