SCHROWDER, BENJAMIN

(b. about 1757, d. 1826)

Sculptor

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was a native of Winchelsea, born about 1757 and descended, it is said, on the maternal side from the poet Milton. He came to Dublin to do sculpture in the new Custom House, and assisted Edward Smyth in the carving of the key-stones emblematic of the Irish rivers. On the death of his first wife he married Mrs. Anne Byrne, mother of Mrs. Foley, and thus became step-grandfather of J. H. Foley, the sculptor. He lived and had his workshop in Montgomery Street, in the same house where the Foleys resided, and was the first preceptor in modelling of Edward Foley. He died in 1826.

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