Alexander Doyle


ALEXANDER DOYLE, a native Steubenville artist, was born in 1858, on High Street below Market, opposite the residence of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Doyle. His parents were George and Alice Butler Doyle.

While he was quite young the family moved to Louisville, Ky., and thence to St. Louis. Mr. Doyle, Sr., was engaged in the marble monument business and this possibly had something to do with directing the taste of the boy in the direction of sculpture. At any rate he began to interest himself in modeling, and the subsequent sojourn of the family in Italky for a number of years gave opportunity unusally favorable for pursuing his studies. When they returned to America and settled in New York, Mr. Doyle had already developed marked talent as a young sculptor, although he returned to Italy in the seventies, where he remained several years at the Ferara marble quarries superintending his father's interests and pursuing his studies at the same time. When he returned home it was not long before he had numerous commissions.

Busts and smaller works for private individuals were rapidly followed by such productions as the statue of "Liberty" in bronze for a monument at Peabody, Mass., colossal statue of "Education" in granite fourteen feet high for the Pilgrims' monument at Washington, D.C., and the "Margaret" statue in marble at New Orleans. All this work was done before he was twenty-six years of age, and at that time he received a commission for a bronze statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee to surmount a monument to that general in the Crescent City. It was 16 1/2 feet in height and weighed nearly 7,000 pounds, being the largest bronze statue ever cast in New York up to that time. The statue was unveiled on Washington's birthday, 1884, with impossing ceremonies. At that time Mr. Doyle had begun work on a colossal statue of "Peace". 114 feet high, with the base surrounded by thirteen figures representing the original states. This was soon afterwards completed, together with a statue of ALbert Sidney Johnson for New Orleans, Senator Ben Hill at Atlanta, Bishop Pickney for Washington, Missouri's two statues in the old Hall of Representative's, at Washington, Garfield statue in the Cleveland monument, and other whose mere enumeration would fill a volume.

The death of his father a few years ago compelled Mr. Doyle to temporarily give up his profession in order to attend to business matters, but he has since returned to his first love, and among the commissions first received was one for a statue of General Beauregard and one of Jefferson Davis, both to be located in New Orleans, thus making four of his productions in that city. Mr. Doyle at this writing is now engaged on what he considers his greatest work, namely a heroic statue of Hon. Edwin M. Stanton to be placed in front of the entrance to the Steubenville Court House. It is a gift from the sculptor to his native city and county and is expected to be completed about the time these pages are given to the public.

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