John Paulding collection  1897-1899
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As a young man, John Paulding traveled to Chicago to pursue his dream of an artistic career. In the fall of 1897, still only a teenager, Paulding landed a job in the city to pay expenses and save for his education, and during the evenings, took classes at the Art Institute. Within a year, he had saved enough money to begin full-time studies at the Institute, and by February, 1899, had left his job for good for the art world. Paulding became a respected sculptor on the Chicago scene, living in the city until his death in 1933.