Henry Shaw Mausoleum (1883-1885)
Marble effigy, 30 x 81 x 31 1/2 inches
a. Another view of effigy
b. Stained glass windows of Mausoleum
Ferdinand von Miller
Born in Munich, Germany, Ferdinand von Miller worked and later took over the family business of The Royal Bronze Foundry, where many American principal 19th century monuments were cast. From 1900 to 1918 he was director of the Munich Academy.
Shaw evidently commissioned the tomb portrait in 1882, for by March 1883, Miller was making sketches in Munich from photographs sent by Shaw. An artist at Carrara carved the figure from Miller's clay model, and Miller carved the head. Shaw kept the sculpture in storage following delivery in 1885.