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William H. Rhinehart

Greenmount Cemetery

Baltimore, Maryland



William Henry Rinehart (1825-1874) was Maryland's most prominent sculptor.  His works are represented in many major museums today.  A native of Carroll County, Maryland, he came to Baltimore at the age of twenty-one. Initially he was employed as an apprentice stone-cutter by Baughman and Bevan, a firm located on the site of the Peabody Institute in Mount Vernon Place. Among the first tasks assigned to him was the repair of a marble mantle in the residence of William T. Walters, whose collection would become the core of the Walters Art Museum. Deeply impressed by the young sculptor, the whiskey and railroad financier eventually became one of his principal patrons.