Bruce Saville

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Bruce Wilder Saville (March 16, 1893 – 1938) American sculptor born in Quincy, Massachusetts and known for his monuments.

Early years

He began his art studies at the Boston Art Normal School [1] where he studied with Cyrus Dallin . He later worked in the studio of Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson and Henry Hudson Kitson.[2]

During World War I Saville joined the French Ambulance Corps for a year and then transferred to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the remainder of the war. Following the end of the war he remained in Europe where he, "studied under European masters." [3]

Later career

After working there for four years in the Kitson's studio Saville moved to Columbus, Ohio where he headed the Department of Sculpture at Ohio State University,[4][5] and at the Columbus Art School [6]

In the 1930s he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he resided and worked until his death there in 1938. Many of his works can be found in the New Mexico Museum of Art.[7]

He is the author of several World War I memorials as well as two Civil War memorials to Jonathan Richmond and Stephen G. Hicks, both located at Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Saville was a member of the National Sculpture Society.[8]

Selected works


  1. Opitz, Glenn B., Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers, Apollo Books, Poughkeepsie, NY, 1988
  2. McGlauflin, Alice Coe, editor, ‘’Who’s Who in American Art’’, The American Federation of Arts, Inc., Washington D.C., 1937
  3. Cassidy, Ina Sizer, "Arts and Artists in New Mexico: Bruce Saville", New Mexico magazine, October 1937 pp 25 & 40
  4. Taft, Lorado, The History of American Sculpture, The Macmillan Company, New York, 1925 p. 583
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Campen, Richard N., Outdoor Sculpture in Ohio, West Summit Press, Chagrin Falls, OH, 1980 p. 28-29
  6. National Sculpture Society, Exhibition of American Sculpture Catalogue, National Sculpture Society, NY 1923
  7. SIRIS - Smithsonian Institution Research Information System
  8. National Sculpture Society, ‘’Contemporary American Sculpture’’, National Sculpture Society, NY 1929