Walker Hancock (1901 - 1998)
Large Triton Fountain, 1938
25 1/2 x 23 x 7 inches
Signed on base: W. HANCOCK 1986 © 6/12 TX
Cast by the artist at the Tallix Foundry, Beacon, New York.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Walker Hancock was a sculptor of allegorical figures, portrait statues, and commemorative monuments. He was also a teacher at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1929 to 1968, and a sculptor in residence at the American Academy in Rome from 1956 to 1957. One of his major commissions was the Pennsylvania Railroad War Memorial, which was completed in 1950, and located at the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. It is a tribute to the railroad employees who lost their lives in World War II, and depicts the archangel Michael, the angel of Resurrection, lifting upward the figure of a dead soldier.
Hancock's portrait statues include General Douglas MacArthur for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, John Paul Jones for Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, and James Madison for the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. He also created the bust of President George Walker Bush for the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building and was one of several sculptors who worked on the memorial to Confederate war heroes in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
He got his first commission work, a World War I memorial piece, at the age of eighteen, and in 1929, went to Gloucester, Massachusetts, to meet his idol, sculptor, Charles Grafly. He accepted the invitation of Grafly to live and work with him in Gloucester, where he continued to live until his death in December, 1998.