biography of Eugene WARBURG (1825-1859)

Birth place: New Orleans

Death place: Rome

Addresses: New Orleans, active 1840s-early 1850s

Profession: Sculptor, marble cutter

Studied: Phillippe Garbeille in New Orleans; Paris (c.1852-55); Jouffroy

Exhibited: Paris Salon, 1855; Paris Expo, 1887; Howard Univ., 1967

Work: Virginia Hist. Soc.

Comments: A free-born black of New Orleans, he established a studio in the 1840s and early 1850s and executed busts and cemetery sculpture. In 1850 his Ganymede Offering a Cup of Nectar to Jupiter" was raffled in New Orleans for $500. In 1852 Warburg (the name also appears as Warbourg) went to Europe to escape the growing racial problems experienced by free Blacks in the South. After studying in Paris, he traveled to Belgium in 1856 and in that same year went to England where he was commissioned by the Duchess of Sutherland to produce a series of bas-reliefs based on Uncle Tom's Cabin. After visiting Florence in 1857, Warburg settled in Rome. Daniel Warburg was his brother (see entry).

Sources: G&W, which spells last name as Warbourg; New Orleans Bee, Dec. 13, 1850, and obit., March 9, 1859; New Orleans CD 1852-53; Porter, Modern Negro Art, 46-47; Porter, "Versatile Interests of the Early Negro Artist;"Encyclopaedia of New Orleans Artists, spells the name as Warburg; see also Cederholm, Afro-American Artists (cites a death date of 1861); Fink, American Art at the Nineteenth-Century Paris Salons, 402."

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