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Cyrus Edwin Dallin (November 22, 1861 – November 14, 1944) was an American sculptor and Olympic archer.

Cyrus E. Dallin, ca. 1880
Artist: Frank Bussell

Head and shoulders portrait of Dallin on carte de visite.
ca. 1880

Black and white photographic print
11 x 07 cm.
Archives of American Art
Miscellaneous photographs collection
Accession number

Cyrus E. Dallin, ca. 1880 / A. Frank Bussell, photographer. Miscellaneous photographs collection, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

He created more than 260 works, including well-known statues of Paul Revere and Native Americans. He also sculpted the statue of the Angel Moroni atop the Salt Lake City Temple, which has become a symbol for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is generally the pattern for further Angel Moroni statues on the spires of subsequent LDS Temples.


Dallin, the son of Thomas and Jane (Hamer) Dallin, was born in Springville, Utah, to a family then belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At age 19, he moved to Boston to study sculpture with T. H. Bartlett, and in 1883 entered a competition for an equestrian statue of Paul Revere. No entries were selected at that time, but over the next 58 years Dallin made seven versions of Paul Revere.

Dallin was not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and turned down the initial offer to sculpt the angel Moroni for the top of the LDS Salt Lake City Temple. Dallin later accepted the job and after finishing the statue said, "My angel Moroni brought me nearer to God than anything I ever did."[1] [2]

In Boston, he became a colleague of Augustus St. Gaudens and a close friend of John Singer Sargent. He married Vittoria Colonna Murray in 1891, moved to Arlington, Massachusetts in 1900, where he lived for the rest of his life, and there raised three children. He was a member of the faculty of Massachusetts Normal Art School, since re-named Massachusetts College of Art and Design, from 1899 to 1941.

Dallin's works include:

* The Paul Revere statue in Boston.
* Bust of Eli Whitney in Augusta, Georgia.[3]
* Busts of the Mormon Church's Founding Fathers, Utah's pioneers, and the angel Moroni atop the Salt Lake City Temple.
* Monumental casts of the well-known Appeal to the Great Spirit outside the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, in Muncie, Indiana, Tulsa, Oklahoma and miniature casts that circulate and have sold at auction for up to $10,000.[4]
* Various war memorials and statues of statesmen, generals, and mythic figures.

More than 30 examples of his work are on display at the Springville Museum of Art in Springville, Utah.

Appeal to the Great Spirit is the last of a four-piece series called The Epic of the Indian. In 1909, the sculpture was cast in Paris and won a gold medal for its exhibition in the Paris Salon. There are three full-size casts of the sculpture: the Boston one is outside the main entrance to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The Muncie one is in the "Y" of the intersection of Walnut and Granville streets, and considered by many Muncie residents to be symbolic of their city. The most recent full-size installation is in Tulsa's Woodward Park, at the intersection of 21st Street and Peoria. It was cast in the mid-80's by American Artbronze Fine Arts Foundry under the direction of Howard R. Kirsch.[citation needed]

At the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri, Dallin competed in archery, winning the bronze medal in the team competition.[5] He finished ninth in the Double American round and 12th in the Double York round.[6]

He is remembered in Arlington, Massachusetts, with an art museum and an elementary school named in his honor. His papers are held at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.[7]

Portrait of Dallin, 19th c.

1. ^ Levi Edgar Young, “The Angel Moroni and Cyrus Dallin,” Improvement Era, April 1953, 234.
2. ^ "Sculptor’s Works Top Temple Towers Worldwide" (January 31, 2006)
3. ^ The Whitney Tablet, retrieved from the National Textile Association Website, February 9, 2009
4. ^ a b "Cyrus Edwin Dallin". Fine Art May 2007. Rago Arts and Auction Center.
5. ^ Cyrus Dallin Olympic medals and stats at
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