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Solon H. Borglum

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Start/Birth date: 1868
Death/End date: 1922

Solon Borglum was the younger brother of Gutzon Borglum. In Nebraska and in California, Solon was a working cowboy until 1894, riding and roping, learning about horses and Indians. Gutzon took Solon as his pupil, living in Sierra Madre and Santa Ana close to the Indians in the Saddleback Mountains in California. Solon studied with Rebisso in the Cincinnati Art School (1895-97) and with Fremiet and Puech in Paris, winning Salon awards with Western sculptures. From the original plaster created in 1901, the Solon H. Borglum Sculpture and Education Fund (under the direction of his daughter Monica and son Paul) authorized and supervised a 1962 museum-quality, limited Centennial edition of four bronzes. C-1 is the first of this Centennial edition after which the plaster cast was destroyed. The other three belong to: National Cowboy Hall of Fame, New Britain Museum of American Art, Borglum family collection.


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