Carl Eugene Tefft
was born in Brewster, Maine in 1874. His mother and maternal grandmother were designers. Tefft studied at the Artist-Artisan Institute and served an apprenticeship with John Q.A. Ward, who was dean of American sculptors and whose work is still prominent in Central Park. Tefft, who was a member of the National Sculpture Society, did some significant work for the St. Louis Exposition. His work in New York can be seen at the American Museum of Natural History and New York Botanical Garden (Fountain of Life, 1905). Tefft was a resident of Tompkinsville, Staten Island and died in New York City in 1951.