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Edward Augustus Brackett

Edward Augustus Brackett

The basics
Quick Facts
Occupations Sculptor
Gender male
Birth October 1, 1818 (Vassalboro)
Death March 15, 1908
The details

Edward Augustus Brackett (October 1, 1818 – March 15, 1908) was a self-taught American sculptor, author, and conservationist.

Brackett was born in Vassalboro, Maine to Reuben and Elizabeth (Starkey) Brackett, and moved with his parents in the spring of 1837 to Cincinnati, where he started work as a sculptor. In 1839 he showed a pair of portrait busts at the Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts, and subsequently moved to New York City. In 1841, after roughly two years in New York, he moved to Boston with an introduction from his friend William Cullen Bryant, where from 1843 he lived in Winchester, Massachusetts (at that time Woburn), from the early 1850s onward in the octagonal Edward A. Brackett House. In October 1859, after the raid on Harper's Ferry, Brackett traveled to the jail there, where he made sketches and measurements of John Brown's head, which he subsequently cast as a bust. After serving one year in the Civil War, he turned to horticulture and the scientific breeding of fish. In 1869 he was appointed to a state commission supervising inland fisheries, and became its head in 1873. From 1894 until his death he served as head of the Massachusetts Fish and Game Commission.

Selected sculptures

  • Washington Allston bust, 1844, Metropolitan Museum
  • Shipwrecked Mother and Child, 1848–51, Worcester Art Museum
  • Reverend Hosea Ballou, 1859, Mount Auburn Cemetery
  • Bust of John Brown, 1859, Tufts University

Selected books

  • Twilight Hours or Leisure Moments of an Artist, 1845
  • My House, Chips the Builder Threw Away, Gorham Press, 1904
  • Materialized Apparitions: If Not Beings From Another Life, What Are They, Gorham Press, 1908
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