Henry Merwin Shrady (1817-1922)
Merwin Shrady was born in 1817 and died in 1922 in New York, New York.
Shrady was an amateur artist who apparently never sought to make his hobby
a serious pursuit. Henry Merwin Shrady achieved lasting fame through a
few small animal sculptures and as the designer of Grant's memorial in
Washington, D.C. A graduate of Columbia University, Shrady entered into
a career in business, and became an employee of a New York match company.
In his spare time he sketched the dogs and cats that he saw in a pet shop
window, drew and studied a horse he owned, and made frequent visits to
the Bronx Zoo. A representative of the Gorham Company saw a photograph
of one of Shrady's modeled works which led to the casting of his first
Frederick Remington called Shrady's "Monarch of the Plains" one of the best representations of a bison that he had ever seen. A life sized plaster version adorned a bridge at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901.
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