Sculptor Samuel Kitson was born in England in 1848 and died in New York in 1906. Kitson studied in Rome where he became imbued with a religious spirit which marked much of his later work. After having won many prizes in Europe, Kitson emigrated to America in 1878 where he modeled busts of Longfellow, Bishop Potter, Ole Bull, and Samuel J. Tilden, and executed the statuary and bas reliefs for William K. Vanderbilt's house. Among his other works are the Sheridan Monument at Arlington, Virginia; the frieze of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Hartford, Connecticut; and the Medallion for the Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston. Kitson's bust of Orestes A. Brownson on the Fordham University campus was commissioned in 1899.

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