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Roland Hinton Perry
American, 1870–1941
Ride of the Valkyries, 1910
Cast bronze
H. 36 1/2 in. x W. 30 in. x L. 16 in.
IUAM 94.86

Born in New York City, Perry entered the École des Beaux Arts in 1890, but two years later transferred to the Academie Julien in Paris and found sculpture to be his true talent. Returning from his studies with Jean-Louis Gérôme, Paul-Louis Delance, Henri-Michel- Antoine Chapu and others in Paris in 1894, Perry received a commission for a series of bas-reliefs in the Library of Congress. His success brought him a further commission for the Fountain of Neptune at the library in 1895.

Other commissions include the Langdon doors at the Buffalo Historical Society; Pennsylvania on the Capitol dome, Harrisburg; General Greene and General Wadsworth at Gettysburg; the New York State Memorial, Andersonville; General Curtis, Ogdensburg, General Castleman, Louisville; the New York monument, Chattanooga; the Benjamin Rush monument; Lions, Connecticut Avenue Bridge, Washington; and the monument to the 38th Infantry, Syracuse, New York.

Perry was a member of the Grand Central Art Gallery and the National Sculpture Society, where he exhibited his work in 1923. Also a gifted portraitist, many of Perry’s paintings hang in the Detroit Museum of Art.

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