Paul Wayland Bartlett (1865 - 1925) was born in New Haven, Connecticut and died in Paris, France. Although Paul Bartlett was born in the United States he may well be considered a French sculptor since he spent the greater part of his life in Paris.  He was taken to Paris at the age of nine by his father, the sculptor and art critic Truman A. Bartlett, where he studied sculpture under Emmanuel Fremiet at the Jardin de Plantes and Ecole des Beaux-arts and later worked with Rodin.  His progress as a pupil was such that in 1880 at the age of fifteen he was accepted to exhibit a portrait bust of his grandmother at the Paris Salon and at the age of only twenty-four he was to become a member of the Salon Jury. 

Paul Bartlett was to set up his own foundry in Paris at his studio where he cast much of his own sculpture but there are some of his known works cast by Gruet around 1887. Some of the monuments he is known for are: The equestrian statue of Lafayette in Paris, the statue of Michelangelo in the Library of Congress, and the facade of the New York Public Library in New York City.  Among the honors bestowed upon Paul Bartlett by the French were to be named a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur in 1895, a Commander in the Legion d'Honneur in 1924, a member of the Institute de France, and an Associate of the Academe des Beaux-arts.  His American honors include being a member of the National Sculpture Society, The National Institute of Arts and Letters, and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The life of Paul Wayland Bartlett is documented in the following books:

Animals in Bronze by Christopher Payne (1986)
Dictionary of American Sculptors by Glenn Opitz
Bronzes of the American West by Patricia Broder (1973)
Masters of American Sculpture by Donald M. Reynolds (1993)
American Sculpture by The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1965)
Exhibition of American Sculpture Catalogue by The National Sculpture Society (1923)

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