John Theodore Muller (1873-1953), master stone carver to the University Of Queensland: a biographical sketch

East, John W. (2015) John Theodore Muller (1873-1953), master stone carver to the University Of Queensland: a biographical sketch [Brisbane], QLD, Australia:

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Author East, John W.
Title of report John Theodore Muller (1873-1953), master stone carver to the University Of Queensland: a biographical sketch
Publication date 2015-01
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Place of publication [Brisbane], QLD, Australia
Start page 1
End page 30
Total pages 30
Language eng
Subjects 310101 Architecture
Formatted abstract
Old age is not necessarily a period of decline. While many artists produce their greatest work in youth or middle age, some save their best for last; they astound with a late flowering of creativity, building on a lifetime's work, but surpassing anything that has come before.

Such was the case with John Theodore Muller, a man who had been recognised as a very talented carver and modeller from his early days, and whose work had won him well deserved accolades. As an artist, however, he had not established a reputation of any significance until 1939 when, already past retirement age, he was contracted to execute stone carvings for the new campus of the University of Queensland at St Lucia.

Muller's work at the University soon attracted attention. Brisbane had seen nothing like it before, and in the final years of his life he became a local celebrity. His death, in 1953, was front-page news in Brisbane. Since then, admiration of his sculpture has only increased, partly as a result of the work of Rhyl Hinwood, his successor as sculptor to the University of Queensland.

And yet Muller's career has received little serious study. Perhaps this is because his personal papers were all destroyed in a house fire shortly before his death; it has been assumed that, without that material, it is impossible to properly assess Muller's career. This may well be true, but there is still a certain amount of information concerning Muller's life and work that can be reconstructed from available documents and records. That is the aim of the present study.
Keyword University of Queensland -- History
University of Queensland -- Buildings
Muller, John Theodore, 1873-1953
Sculptors
Sculpture, Australian -- 20th century
Q-Index Code AX
Institutional Status UQ

 
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