Rossi, Vincent and Girard

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Vincent (1898-1951) and Girard [Gerard] (1895-1962) Rossi
Vincent and Girard Rossi were born to Pasquale and Margaret Famiigletti Rossi, the former in 1891 and the latter in 1895. Their father came to the United States in the 1920’s. He was a “well known barber in Waterbury” for 15 years and then moved to Thomaston, living there for twenty eight years. For 25 of the 28 years, he ran Piney Grove Inn on the Torrington-Thomaston Road. He moved to Lakeland, Florida and lived there from 1950-1959, dying in the latter year on December 8th. We know nothing about the early education of the two sons nor the family life of the Rossis, When the Federal Art Project began in Hartford, the brothers were stone masons working for the Kelly Brothers Company makers of cemetery headstones. They worked on FAP projects from 1937-1940. One of their first jobs was restoring the headstones at the old cemetery behind First Church in Hartford. Vincent produced numbers of a Mark Twain Plaques, and the FAP placed them in schools. However, only the family has one of these. The largest job the brothers worked on was The Nativity Set of life size figures of the traditional Christmas scene. Both made plaster castings of the figures. The Set opened in front of the Old State House in 1938 and attracted many admirers from outside of Hartford. The Rossi brothers also worked on the creation of stone walls for the set. 1940, they took part inwere part another project for the Set, this time to redesign and repaint the figures and walls. Vincent Rossi died in 1951 and Girard Rossi in 1962.

Sources: FAP work cards for each brother; Hartford Courant articles: “Ancient Epitaphs Reappear Clear Cut on Headstones behind Center Church,” May 7, 1937; “Striking Nativity Scene To Be Displayed Here,” December 15, 1938; “Holy Family Pictured in Park Scene,” December 21, 1938; Obituary of Vincent P. Rossi,” August 11, 1951; Pasquale Rossi Dies at Age 66,” December 8, 1959; WPA/FAP newsletters, 1937-1938; Social Security Death Index.

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Luchetti, Gabriel

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Luchetti, Gabriel (1918-1963)
All that we know about Gabriel Luchetti is that he was born in New Haven on January 8, 1918 to Nicola and Margaret Luchetti. He had two brothers and a sister. We know nothing about his early art career or his education. He worked on the Federal Art Project while he was part of the National Youth Administration. People from this program often assisted artists. The FAP newsletter, “Art in February,” states that Luchetti had left his job at the FAP to go to New York and take art lessons taught by an important figure drawing artist and teacher, Nicolaidos, at the Art Students’ League. The 1940 census shows him living at 75 Main St. In 1959, Luchetti was teaching art in his New Haven studio and served as a selection juror for the second annual exhibit of the Connecticut Classic Arts, Inc. Luchetti was President of the organization in 1960 and 1961. In the latter year, he was living in Hamden. He died in May 1963.

Sources: Social Security Death Index; FAP time card signed by Gabriel Luchetti; FAP Newsletter, “Art in February,” 1938; Hartford Courant articles: “Artists Invited to Enter Classic Arts Exhibition,” August 9, 1959; “Classics Arts Exhibit Scheduled at Fairfield,” July 24, 1960; “Classic Art Exhibition Is Today,” August 17, 1961; “Gabriel Luchetti in the 1940 Census,” Ancestry.com at http://www.ancestry.com?1940-census/usa/Connecticut/Gabriel-Lucheti_4s .

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Gaylord, Marion

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Gaylord, Marion (?)
All that is known about Marion Gaylord is that she painted detail of a Bed Valance owned by the New Milford Historical Society for The Index of American Design.

Source: Erwin O. Christensen, The Index of American Design, (Smithsonian Institution, 1950), p. 203.

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Brewster, George T.

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Brewster, George T. (1862-1943)
George Thomas Brewster was a sculptor known for his portraits and war memorials. He was born in Kingston, MA on February 24, 1862 to Altheus Brewster and Mary S. Cushman. He could trace his lineage back to William Brewster, leader of the Mayflower expedition. We know nothing about his childhood or early education. From 1877-1881, he attended the Massachusetts State Normal Art School in Boston. He next traveled to Europe and studied with Augustine Dumont and Atonin Mercie at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in Paris from 1881-1884. At the Ecole des Beaux-Ats he won first prize, a distinction received by no other American student.  He returned to the U. S. in 1884 and in the following year, married Addie Lina Margueritte De Courtney who was born in Passy near Paris. The couple had three children, Thomas, Eleanor and George. Brewster was the founder of the modeling course at the Art Students’ League in New York in 1886, and he was instructor in art at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1892-1893. Brewster received commissions for public memorial sculptures, so many, in fact, that the web sites providing this information are listed below. Among more famous commissions were the State Soldiers’ and Sailors’ monument at Indianapolis, IN, the Soldiers’ monument in Malden, MA, the Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ monument in Cleveland, OH, and the “Independent Man” atop the Rhode Island State House in Providence.  He sculpted 23 statues for the Vicksburg National Military Park. He lived in Tottenville, New York. His last known address was in Cos Cobb, Connecticut in 1933. He died in 1943. He worked from October 1936 to July 1937 for the Federal Art Project in Connecticut. He completed five sculptures in Plastina and as part of the FAP, was an instructor in modeling at Burdick Jr. High School and at Stamford Community College.

Sources: WPA Artist’s Work Card; Ask/Art; Who’s Who in American Art (1985), p. 76; Glenn B. Opitz, ed., Mantle Fielding’s Dictionary of American painters, Sculptors & Engravers Second Edition (1987), pp. 100-101; George Brewster (Sculpture),” Wikipedia [This source should be consulted skeptically.] at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Brewster_(sculptor) ; “Brewster-L Archives,” Rootsweb, at http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/BREWSTER/2000-06/0960310416; “Mr. George Thomas Brewster,” Zoom Info at http://www.zoominfo.com/p/George-Brewster/15744987 ; [Plaque of Colonel Alpheus Skidmore Harris, Commander of the 43rd Georgia at the Vicksburg National Military Park], 43rd /Georgia Images – People at  http://home.att.net/-fortythirdgeorgia/images_people.html ; “George T. Brewster,” Vicksburg National Military Park at http://www.nps.gov/vick/historyculture/george-t-brewster.htm ; “Pleasant Plains Plaza,” New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, at http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/R002/highlights/12270 ; “Augustine Saint-Gaudens, 1904 by George T. Brewster,” Saint- Gaudens National Historic Site at http://www.sgnhs.org/Augustus%20SGaudens$20CD-HTML/Portraits/Brewster.htm ; Thomas R. Evans, “The Independent Man,” at http://www.film.ri.gov/indeman.html ; “Pleasant Plains Memorial,” Permanent Art and Monuments, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation at http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/monuments/monument_info.php?monld=1187 ; “History of the Victory Sculpture,” Indiana Department of Administration at http://www.in.gov/idoa/2688.htm .

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Galvin, Paul H.

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Galvin, Paul H. (?)

All that is known about this artist is that he painted two easels, one entitled Rhodendrons and the other Harbor Scene, both of which were allocated in 1936 to the Undercliff Sanatorium.

Source: WPA Artist’s Work Card

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