was born in 1885 in St. Paul Minnesota. In 1905 he attended the Art Students' League in New York City and was assistant to the sculptor Solon Borglum who was a critical influence on his work. In 1909 Manship won the highly sought-after Prix-de-Rome. He received a scholarship to study at the American Academy in Rome where he became interested in Greek antiquity and classicism and was intensely interested in Egyptian, Assyrian and pre-classical Greek sculpture. Manship returned to the United States in 1912 where he became successful in a career that would last fifty years.
Early in his career Manship became attracted to animal sculptures. Some of his well-known works are the Prometheus Fountain in Rockefeller Center, the gates to the entrances of the Bronx Zoo and the Central Park Zoo, and the Time and Fates Sundial and Moods of Time sculptures installed in front of Trylon and Perisphere at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City. Manship, who produced over 700 works in his career, was one of the most prominent American sculptors of the 20th century. He died in 1966.