Albert Entress (1844 – 1925)

Albert Entress' Mason adorning Hartford's Soldiers and Sailors Memorial

Albert Entress was born March 12, 1844 in Rottenberg Germany.  He immigrated to Hartford around 1870 and became a well-known sculptor who sculpted the life-size figures at the base of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch.  He also did work on the State Capitol, the old Hartford High School and other places throughout Hartford. 

Entress was chosen to sculpt the magnificent artwork designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens for the top of the Edwin Denison Morgan’s mausoleum at Cedar Hill Cemetery.  In August 1894, about three weeks before its completion, the shed in which the artwork was being sculpted went up in flames.  Made of marble, the sculpture was destroyed. 

Entress died in 1925 on Christmas day.

References:
American Monuments and Memorials. Connecticut.  Accessed at
http://www.classbrain.com/artmonument/publish/soldiers_and_sailors_memorial_arch_history.shtml on August 24, 2010.

Photo Credit: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial in Hartford, Public Domain