Replica of Paul Wayland Bartlett's statue of The Crouching Man, made from resin with a bronze finish. Part of the Parastone Museum Collection. Paul Wayland Bartlett (1865-1925), American Sculptor: born in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of a sculptor and art critic. As a child, his father took him to Paris where, at an early age, he learned how to model the animals in the zoo at the Jardin des Plantes under the famous Emmanuel Fremiet. His extraordinary talent was soon recognized at the young age of fifteen when a portrait of his grandmother was admitted to the Paris Salon of 1887. Eight years later he was invited to be a member of the jury of this prestigious annual exhibition. His success did not go unnoticed at home either. He was invited to collaborate on the pediment of the New York Stock Exchange. This led to the very prestigious commission to create a sculpture for the pediment of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. He designed The Apotheosis of Democracy . The virile portraits of Columbus and Michelangelo at the Library of Congress are also his. These sculptures and The Crouching Man reveal how his brief collaboration with Rodin had a lasting effect on him. In Paris, where he continued to live, he designed the imposing equestrian statue of Lafayette on the Cours Albert 1er, a gift to the French Republic from American school children. Alongside all these monumental works, Bartlett continued to produce smaller bronzes, of which the insects and reptiles are the most remarkable. During his exceptionally productive life, Bartlett accrued more or less all the art prizes awarded in both America and France.