Willliam Rush, celebrated carver of ships' figureheads, was probably the United States'
first native born sculptor to rise to be considered a quasi-classical sculptor. With Charles Willson Peale and other artists in Philadelphia he founded the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1805. In 1811 he became Professor of Sculpture for the Society of Artists, a new organization formed to instruct young artists. Groveart Oxford University Press, 2005, Lauretta Dimmick