Morning of Life

CTH X, Mackford Prairie, Wisconsin

A striking memorial to the twin sister of the sculptor



Some consider this to be Clarence Shaler's finest work. There is ample evidence in the fine detail of this sculpture.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in April 2015




Clarence Shaler was a successful manufacturer, entrepreneuer, inventor, philanthropist and friend of the arts. When he visited Chicago, he met a young sculptor named Lorado Taft and the two immediately became life-long friends. Taft would go on to be a famous sculptor in his own right, known for his work at the Columbian Exposition in 1893 along with numerous other sculptures across the country. Taft was also a strong influence on Shaler, who himself took up sculpture at the age of 70.

In 1878, at the age of 18, Clarence Shaler's twin sister, Clara, passed away. Almost 58 years after her death, Clarence Shaler sculpted his sister from his memory. This life-size, bronze statue of a young woman sitting peacefully on a rock, gazing toward heaven, is considered by some to be Shaler's finest work. It is certainly a fitting monument to his twin sister who passed away in the morning of her life.

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  • April 17, 2015: Added by J.R. Manning


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