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“Daddy” Brooks was the single most influential shop figure carver of his generation, according to the carvers themselves. Brooks apprenticed in New York City under John Cromwell and owned his own carving business from 1848 until 1879 when he moved to Chicago. Fellow New York carvers lamented over the loss of Brooks and claimed the quality of carving in the city diminished after his move. Among Brooks’ apprentices was Samuel Robb who later became a prominent New York City carver in his own right. This figure was purchased in 1871 by Frederick Reinhardt, a tobacconist of Utica, New York, where it stood on a second-story platform for at least 50 years.
depth 23 in, height 68 in, width 18 in