Burdick, John E

Burdick, John E. (1872-?)

John Burdick was born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1872. He completed high school at the Norwich Free Academy, going on to study at the Norwich Art School, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Art Students League in New York, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and in France and Italy. For 17 years Burdick worked for noted New York sculptor J. Massey Rhind. He assisted Rhind with the modeling of an equestrian statue of George Washington, completed a statue of John Wanamaker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, sculpted three statues of former presidents of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and created preliminary models for statues on the outside of the New Haven Superior Court House. His style of sculpture was described by WPA Federal Arts Project officials as “academic and competent.”

 

Burdick worked for the WPA from 1935 to 1940, completing ten original works during that time. He created a series of Seasonal Plaques on Athletics that was popular. He made five sets of these plaster plaques for various parks and schools throughout the state. Several of his sculptures were exhibited at the WPA’s Federal Arts Project’s Tercentenary Exhibition in New Haven, Connecticut. Duplicates of his works were allocated to the New Haven Department of Public Works, Middlesex County Temporary Home, the Hartford Board of Park Commissioners, the West Hartford Board of Education, the West Hartford School Department, the Boardman Trade School, Beecher School, Clinton Avenue School, Dante School, Eaton School, Nathan Hale School, Ivy Street  School, Woodward School, Meriden School for Boys, Hamden High School, a school in Derby, a school in East Hartford, the New Haven Board of Education, the Bethany Public Library, the National Youth Administration, Meriden School for Boys, and Monroe Elementary School. Burdick’s date of death is unknown.

Sources: WPA Artist’s Work Card; WPA Biography.

John E. Burdick

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from John Burdick:

Spirit of Modern Education or School Life: plaster
Spirit of Modern Education or School Life: plaster
Spirit of Modern Education or School Life: plaster
Spirit of Modern Education or School Life: plaster
Spirit of Modern Education or School Life: plaster
Spirit of Modern Education or School Life: plaster
Spirit of Modern Education or School Life: plaster
Spirit of Modern Education or School Life: plaster
Spirit of Modern Education or School Life: plaster
Spirit of Modern Education or School Life: plaster
Spirit of Modern Education or School Life: plaster
Spirit of Modern Education or School Life: plaster
6 Spirit of Modern Education Plaques: plaster
4 Seasonal Placques on Athletics, Swimming, Hockey, Football, and Baseball: plaster
Memorial Tablet: bronze
4 Seasonal Placques on Athletics, Swimming, Hockey, Football, and Baseball: plaster
“Tagged” or “Safe at Second”: plaster
Flora: plaster
Sewage Disposal Plant: plaster
4 Seasonal Placques on Athletics, Swimming, Hockey, Football, and Baseball: plaster
4 Seasonal Placques on Athletics, Swimming, Hockey, Football, and Baseball: plaster
Ferry St. Bridge: plaster
4 Seasonal Placques on Athletics, Swimming, Hockey, Football, and Baseball: plaster
Spirit of Education: plaster
Camp Cedarcrest: plaster
Dedicatory Plaque:  
Cedarcrest Camp Scale Model:  
A Sound Mind in a Sound Body:  
Burdick, John