Thomas Ridgeway Gould (Thomas Ridgeway Gould)

Thomas Ridgeway Gould

Sculptor. For many years he worked in the dry goods business but when it failed he began as a professional sculptor, though he had very little formal training in that area. His specialties included portrait busts of prominent figures such as Governor John Andrew of Massachusetts and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson. Two of his best known works are “The West Wind” and a sculpture of Cleopatra. He is most famous however for a sculpture of King Kamehameha I of Hawaii. The original was lost in a shipwreck in route from Europe but was later salvaged and now stands in Kapaau, Hawaii. Two copies were also made. One stands in front of the Aliiolani Hale building in Honolulu and the other represents Hawaii in Statuary Hall at the United State Capitol Building in Washington DC. After his death at his home in Florence, Italy, his body was returned to Forest Hills for burial in the family plot, and his final resting place marked with one of his own creations, “Ascending Spirit”. Today some of the places his work is on display are the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Athenaeum Library, University of Rochester Memorial Art Gallery and the Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. (bio by: Jen Snoots)


  • November, 06, 1818
  • USA


  • November, 11, 1881
  • Italy


  • Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory
  • Massachusetts
  • USA

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