Jerome Connor (1874-1943)

Jerome Connor

Born in Co. Kerry, Jerome Connor emigrated, with his family, to Massachusetts in 1888. He trained as a stonecarver and moved to New York, where he became an accomplished sculptor. Throughout his life he worked on numerous public monument commissions in the United States and Ireland. In 1914 he was commissioned to produce a statue of the Irish nationalist Robert Emmet for the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. Describing his approach to creating the statue, Conor stated that it represents Emmett ‘…at the moment when he is about to give up his life for his country.’ He returned to Ireland in 1925 and regularly exhibited at the RHA and the Royal Academy, London.

A selection of items from the collection:

Letter from Jerome Connor to William T. Emmett, 14 September 1914
Presented by Margaret Toolen, 1973

Letter from Jerome Connor to Thomas P. Tuite, 2 February 1915
Presented by Margaret Toolen, 1973