Samuel James Kitson
(1848-1906) was a fine arts sculptor active in the United States from about 1876 to 1906. He maintained studios in New York City and Boston, Massachusetts. Most of his statuary were executed in marble. Many were religious in nature. His work consisted of full body statues, head and shoulder portraits and friezes. After the death of his older brother John William Kitson
he became more active in his Boston Studio where his younger brother Henry Hudson Kitson
joined him. This information is provided by his great grand-niece.
Samuel James Kitson was born in Berry Brow Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
, in 1848 to John McWhire and Emma Jaggar Kitson, the fourth child and second son. He was a most promising artist and attracted a benefactor who provided funds for his continuing education. He studied in Rome Italy 1870-1873 and received two gold awards. After completing his studies he established a studio in Italy where his first partons (English gentlemen) found him. Due to the presence of his older brother William in NYC, Ellin & Kitson
, his brother's firm whose emphasis was the decoration of churches, commercial buildings and fine residences Samuel relocated to NYC about 1878 and began to receive private commissions as well as employment with Ellin & Kitson.
While most of Samuel's work was not as public as his younger brother Henry Hudson Kitson
it is quite extensive. Some of his works are as follows: most of the statuary of the William Kissam......