Inherited fortune from father. Studied and painted in Europe, 1843-1850, 65-69. President Handel and Haydn Society, Boston, 1850-1851, 75-86.
Contributed funds to build Boston Music Hall, Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Lecturer painting Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, 1857-1858, later gave public lectures in Boston. Founder Massachusetts Normal Art School (now Massachusetts School Art).
Member Boston School Committee, 1870-1883. President Boston Art Club, 1869-1879. Author: Tuscan Sculptors, 1864.
Italian Sculptors, 1868. Art in Education, 1870. Raphael and Michaelangelo, 1878.
Historical Handbook of Italian Sculpture, 1883. Ghiberti et Son École, 1886. History of the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, Massachusetts, 1886.