Lorado Zadok Taft was an American sculptor and educator. Taft was born in Elmwood, Illinois, in 1860 and died in his home studio in Chicago in 1936. Taft was the father of US Representative Emily Taft Douglas, father-in-law to her husband, US Senator Paul Douglas, a distant relative of US President William Howard Taft. Taft was born in Illinois, his father was a professor of geology at the Illinois Industrial University. He lived much of his childhood at 601 E. John Street, Illinois, near the center of the UIUC campus; the house, now known as the Taft House was built by his father in 1873. It was moved about one mile southeast. After being homeschooled by his parents, Taft earned his bachelor's degree and master's degree at Illinois Industrial University. After his master's degree, he left for Paris to study sculpture, attending the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts from 1880 to 1883, where he studied with Augustin Dumont, Jean-Marie Bonnassieux and Jules Thomas, his record there was outstanding.
Upon returning to the United States in 1886, Taft settled in Chicago. He taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago until 1929. In addition to work in clay and plaster, Taft taught his students marble carving, had them work on group projects, he lectured at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois. In 1892, while the art community of Chicago was preparing for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, chief architect Daniel Burnham expressed concern to Taft that the sculptural adornments to the buildings might not be finished on time. Taft asked if he could employ some of his female students as assistants for the Horticultural Building. Burnham responded, "Hire anyone white rabbits if they'll do the work." From that arose a group of talented women sculptors known as "the White Rabbits", which included Enid Yandell, Carol Brooks MacNeil, Bessie Potter Vonnoh, Janet Scudder, Julia Bracken, Ellen Rankin Copp. Another former student, Frances Loring, noted that Taft used his students' talents to further his own career, a not uncommon situation.
In general, history has given Taft credit for helping to advance the status of women as sculptors. As Taft grew older, his eloquence and compelling writing led him, along with Frederick Ruckstull, to the forefront of sculpture's conservative ranks, where he served as a spokesperson against the modern and abstract trends that developed during his lifetime. Taft's frequent lecture tours for the Chautauqua gave him a popular celebrity status. In some settings, Taft is better known for his writings than for his sculpture. In 1903, Taft published The History of the first survey of the subject; the revised 1925 version was to remain the standard reference on the subject until Wayne Craven published Sculpture in America in 1968. In 1921, Taft published Modern Tendencies in Sculpture, a compilation of his lectures given at the Art Institute of Chicago. At the time, it offered a distinct perspective on the development of European sculpture. In 1898, Taft was a founding member of the Eagle's Nest Art Colony in the small town of Oregon, Illinois.
Taft designed the Columbus Fountain at Union Station in Washington, D. C. in collaboration with Daniel Burnham. Taft was a member of the National Academy of Design, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he served on the U. S. Commission of Fine Arts from 1925 to 1929, was an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, his papers reside in collections at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, the University of Illinois, the Art Institute of Chicago. He maintained his connections with his alma mater throughout his life. In 1929, he dedicated his sculpture Alma Mater on the University of Illinois campus. Taft envisioned his Alma Mater as a benign and magnificent woman, about 14 ft high and dressed in classical draperies, rising from a throne and advancing a step forward with outstretched arms in a gesture of generous greeting to her children. Two figures behind her on either side represent the university’s motto and Labor. Taft was active until the end of his life.
The week before he died, he attended the Quincy, dedication ceremonies for his sculpture celebrating the Lincoln-Douglas debates. He received numerous awards and honorary degrees. In 1965, his Chicago workplace at 6016 Ingleside Avenue was designated a National Historic Landmark as Lorado Taft Midway Studios. Taft may be best remembered for his various fountains; the University of Illinois Archives has a series of photographs of most of Lorado Taft's important works, including many of their construction and preliminary models. Following more than a dozen years of work, Taft's Fountain of Time was unveiled at the west end of Chicago's Midway Plaisance in 1922. Based on poet Austin Dobson's lines — "Time goes, you say? Ah no, time stays, we go." The fountain shows a cloaked figure of time observing the stream of humanity flowing past. The last major commission that Taft completed was two groups for the front entrance to the
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