The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Siemering, Rudolph

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SIEMERING, zē'mĕr-ĭng, Rudolph, German sculptor: b. Königsberg, 10 Aug. 1835; d. 23 Jan. 1905. He attended the local Art Academy in youth and afterward became the pupil of Blaser in Berlin. For the decoration of Königsberg University he furnished medallion portraits of its learned men. In 1860 he produced his ‘Penelope’ and in 1860 a sitting figure in marble of King Wilhelm for the Exchange in Berlin; and a terra-cotta statue of Leibnitz for the Academy of Science at Perth, productions remarkable for realistic modeling and imposing expression. In 1871 he executed the masterly relief ‘Uprising of the People at the Summons of their King’; and the following year a design for the Goethe monument. His next work was the statue of Frederick the Great for Marienburg. The greatest of his works, however, was the war monument in the market place at Leipzig, ‘Germany,’ as an armed heroine. Worthy also of special notice was the sitting statue of Emperor William I with the four colossal equestrian figures — King Albert of Saxony, Emperor Frederick, Bismarck, Moltke and eight figures of soldiers. He was the author of the colossal equestrian statue of Washington whose pedestal is enriched with reliefs and accessory sculptures. This impressive monument was unveiled in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, May 1897. Siemering's group, ‘Saint Gertrude Hospitably receiving a Traveling Scholar,’ was finished and set upon the Bridge of Saint Gertrude at Berlin in 1896. He was also the author of numerous portrait busts.