Edward McCartan

Alt text: Bronze fountain sculpture of Pan playing flute
Alt text: Bronze fountain sculpture of Pan playing flute
Alt text: Bronze fountain sculpture of Pan playing flute
Alt text: Detail of bronze fountain sculpture of Pan playing flute
Alt text: Detail of bronze fountain sculpture of Pan playing flute
Alt text: Underside of bronze fountain sculpture of Pan playing flute
Alt text: Detail of bronze fountain sculpture of Pan playing flute

Edward Francis McCartan
American, 1879–1947
Pan Fountain, 1917
Bronze, dark brown patina
15 H. x 5 W. x 4 D. inches
Signed on base: © E. McCATAN (misspelled by foundry)
Inscribed ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N-Y-

Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a torso
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a torso
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a torso
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a torso
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a torso
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a torso
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a torso
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a torso
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a torso

Edward Francis McCartan
American, 1879–1947
Female Torso
Bronze, green patina
8 H. inches

Alt text: Terracotta portrait bust

Edward Francis McCartan
American, 1879–1947
Portrait of a Young Woman
, 1934

Terracotta, mounted on wood base
11 3/4 H. x 6 1/2 W. x 7 D. inches
Signed and dated verso: E. McCartan / 1934

 

Artist Description

Born in Albany, New York, Edward McCartan studied at the Pratt Institute, with Herbert Adams. He also studied at the Art Students League of New York with George Grey Barnard and Hermon Atkins MacNeil, and then in Paris for three years under Jean Antoine Injalbert before his return to the United States in 1910.

In 1914, McCartan became the Director of the sculpture department of the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design in New York City. Eleanor Mary Mellon was among those he taught during his career.

Posthumously honored by the National Sculpture Society, his public monuments were few—but the Eugene Field Memorial (“Winken, Blinken, and Nod”) can still be found in the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago.

McCartan’s sculpture, The Nude, was stolen from the Grosse Pointe War Memorial in Michigan and was discovered at the bottom of the Detroit River eight years later.

Other work can be found at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. New Jersey Bell Headquarters Building, a national historic site in Newark, New Jersey includes pilasters by the artist. He worked on a pediment for the Department of Labor Building, in 1934 to 1935.

He died in New Rochelle, New York, September 20, 1947 and is buried at St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, New York.

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