SKU: P. 3000
DIMENSIONS: H: 28" x W: 9" x D: 9"
Leonard F. Craske was active/lived in Massachusetts. Leonard Craske is known for monumental figurative sculpture. Craske was born and raised in London, England. For three years he studied medicine, including anatomy, at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London. Later he studied art with the Dicksees, and served as sculpture assistant to Paul R. Montford. At 28 years of age, he emigrated to the United States in 1910, settling in Boston with a summer home in Gloucester. He became an accomplished sculptor, a member of the National Sculpture Society, exhibiting there and at the Royal Academy, London, and elsewhere within the United States.
His major monumental works include the work for which his is best remembered, the Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial, “The Man at the Wheel” in Gloucester, Massachusetts created in 1925, after Craske’s design won the artistic competition offered by the Gloucester Tercentenary Permanent Memorial Committee to commemorate Gloucester’s 300th anniversary and to permanently memorialize the thousands of fishermen lost at sea in the first three centuries of Gloucester’s history.
In preparing for the competition, Craske spent many hours aboard fishing schooners, sketching and photographing fishermen at work. His design was accepted and cast at a cost of $10,000. Generally acknowledged as Craske’s finest work, the “Man at the Wheel” is enormously popular, widely recognized as symbol of the city, commemorating Gloucester’s link to the sea and is viewed by thousands of visitors annually. He created a scale model of a monument to the fisherman’s wives and families, and was eager to complete the work but never found the financial support for the project.
The Emma W. DeLong, widow of Lieutenant Commander George Washington DeLong (1844-1881) commissioned Craske to create the George W. and Emma DeLong Memorial, which bears an over life size likeness of her late husband for his grave at the Woodlawn Cemetary and Conservancy (Chapel Hill Plot) in New York City. Created in 1928, the marble statue of an explorer trudging through the snow, searching for a way home commemorates Lt. Commander DeLong and members of his crew who lost their lives in 1881 after their ship, the Jeanette, was trapped in the ice floes during the Jeannette Arctic Expedition in 1879-82, an expedition through the Bering Strait. The piece was fabricated by Vanelli & Sons, Quincy, MA.
Craske’s other major monuments include the “Memorial to All Wars” (1929), Amesbury, MA, “Fountain Figure”, “Joy of Life”, and various portrait works and statuettes in bronze.
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