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Cabot Lyford

Cabot Lyford

Cabot Lyford

Cabot Lyford was born in a small town in northern Pennsylvania, served in the infantry in the South Pacific in WWII, and graduated from Cornell University in 1950.  At Maine’s Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Lyford was inspired by instructor Charles Cutler.  As a young man, Lyford worked in motion pictures and television in New York City, Boston, and New Hampshire.  For 23 years, Lyford taught art at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. As chairman of the art department and director of the Lamont Gallery, he put the Academy’s art department on every art professional’s map.

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Cabot Lyford was born in a small town in northern Pennsylvania, served in the infantry in the South Pacific in WWII, and graduated from Cornell University in 1950.  At Maine’s Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Lyford was inspired by instructor Charles Cutler.  As a young man, Lyford worked in motion pictures and television in New York City, Boston, and New Hampshire.  For 23 years, Lyford taught art at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. As chairman of the art department and director of the Lamont Gallery, he put the Academy’s art department on every art professional’s map.

After his retirement from Philips Exeter in 1985, Lyford and his wife Joan moved to the picturesque coastal Maine town of New Harbor, where he took up sculpting full time.  Lyford enjoys working in all media, but is particularly well known for his carvings in stone and in wood.  Lyford sculptures are found in museums throughout the United States.  Many of his granite pieces are monumental in scale, for example, the granite pillar of graceful dolphins sited in front of the Regency Hotel in Portland, Maine.  Another grand Lyford sculpture, a humpback whale, was installed with great fanfare at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts. 

Cabot Lyford is considered the “grand old man of sculpture” in Maine.  He continues to carve in both stone and wood and is frequently sighted at gallery openings.  His work is shown regularly at Gleason Fine Art in both Boothbay Harbor and Portland.

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