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Brenner, Victor David (12 June 1871–05 April 1924), medalist and sculptor, was born Victor David Barnauskas in Siauliai, Lithuania, the son of George Barnauskas, an artisan, and Sarah Margolis. Brenner’s father practiced the trade of metalworking and also carved gravestones, chiseled in soapstone, cut out silhouettes, and engraved rings and brooches. At thirteen Brenner was apprenticed to his father; in addition to learning various crafts, he received instruction in history, languages, and the Talmud. After three years, he became an itinerant journeyman and augmented his repertoire with line engraving....

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Fraser, Laura Gardin (14 September 1889–13 August 1966), medalist and sculptor, was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of John Emil Gardin, a bank executive, and Alice Tilton, a painter. She attended elementary school in Morton Park, Illinois, and spent the summers with her family in New Jersey, where Laura had her first horse. It was there that she developed the lifelong love of animals that shows in her sculpture. She also studied in Rye, New York, and graduated from Horace Mann High School in New York City in 1907. That same year she attended Columbia University briefly before entering the Art Students’ League, where she matriculated for four years. There she studied with ...

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Weinman, Adolph Alexander (11 December 1870–08 August 1952), sculptor and medalist, was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, the son of Gustav Weinman, a shoemaker, and Katharine Hyacinthe Weingaertner. He attended the Volksschule in the city of his birth. Although accounts differ as to whether his widowed mother brought him to the United States when he was ten years old or whether he was sent there at that age and lived with a relative who was a grocer, he did attend public school in New York City. Showing an artistic aptitude, Weinman was apprenticed at age fifteen to Frederick Kaldenberg, a carver of wood and ivory. In the evening he attended art classes at Cooper Union. Later he attended the Art Students League where he is said to have come to the attention of ...