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+++ Karl Theodore Francis Bitter was born on December 6, 1867 in Vienna.  He studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule and at the Kunstakadamie.  In 1889 Bitter deserted the Austrian Military and emigrated to the United States.  While working in New York, Bitter was discovered by Richard Morris Hunt, whose patronage insured his success. Bitter gained an international reputation at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago where, working with Hunt at the Administration Building he produced 20 monumental sculpture groups with limited staff and resources. Bitter's organizational skills earned him  the position of  Director of Sculpture for the 1901 Pan American Exposition and again in 1915 at the Panama Pacific Exposition.  Bitter died  in New York on April 9, 1915 in an automobile accident.  Despite his important contributions in 1893, none of his work survives in Chicago. +++

Sculpture by KARL BITTER

Doors and Tympanum.  Trinity Church. New York
Customs House.  New York.
Cleveland Trust.  Cleveland
First National Bank. Cleveland
Wisconsin State Capital.  Madison

World's Columbian Exposition. Chicago.
Louisiana Purchase Exposition. St. Louis
James Burrill Angell Memorial.  Ann Arbor
Henry Tappen Memorial.  Ann Arbor
Thomas Jefferson Memorial.  Charlottesville
Thomas Lowry Memorial.  Minneapolis
Depew Memorial Fountain.  Indianapolis