The Artist Birthday Series

Alexander Milne Calder

Alexander Milne Calder: sculptor

Alexander Milne Calder (1846–1923) was a Scottish American sculptor best known for the architectural sculpture of Philadelphia City Hall. Both his son and grandson would become renown sculptors as well.

a.m. calder copy
Alexander Milne Calder was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, the son of a tombstone carver. He began his career in Scotland, working for sculptor John Rhind, the father of sculptor J. Massey Rhind while attending the Royal Academy in Edinburgh. He moved to London and worked on the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens.

The Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens, London, England
The Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens, London, England

He emigrated to the United States in 1868 and settled in Philadelphia, where he studied with Joseph A. Bailly, and took classes (as would his son Alexander Stirling Calder) with Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

% | % | % | % | % | %

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *