Mozier was part of a circle of American Neoclassical marble carvers in Florence, Italy that included Powers, Greenough and Ives. Shortly after 1845, Mozier moved his family to Florence and took lessons under Hiram Powers. This relationship did not end well and Mozier shifted to Rome, where American Thomas Crawford was working.
Mozier is often noted for his very American oriented themes in his major works, such as Pocahontas and The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish which is derived from James Fenimore Cooper’s 1829 romance novel. His Prodigal Son at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Undine at Yale University are amongst some of his most noted works and stand as singular in the history of American marble works.
Museums and Public Collections
Acklen Mausoleum, Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee
Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York
Art Institute of Chicago
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, Norwich, Connecticut
Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia
Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana
Peabody Institute, Baltimore, Maryland
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Redwood Library and Athenaeum, Newport, Rhode Island
Smithsonian Museum of American Art