Meadowlark Gallery: The Artist Biographies

Henry Merwin Shrady (1817-1922)
Henry 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 bronze.
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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