Douglas Tilden was closely associated with the early history of California School for the Deaf—he graduated from the old Berkeley school and taught there. He was a prickly, hot-tempered, even nasty character—and a world-class sculptor, primarily in bronze, turning out one masterpiece after another, with a characteristic dynamism and grace. Many of his monumental sculptures, commemorating Californian themes, still grace San Francisco. Golden Gate Park’s Baseball Player created a sensation when it was exhibited at the 1889 Salon in Paris. The Bear Hunt (1892) is a landmark of CSD’s Fremont campus. Admission Day (1897), Mechanics (Donahue Memorial Fountain) (1901), California Volunteers (1906), and Father Junipero Serra (1907) are other notable major commissions. Tilden also created lovely portraits, bas-reliefs, and statuettes—a magnificent body of work.
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