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Morning Glory

modeled ca. 1868, carved 1872 Joel Tanner Hart Born: Winchester, Kentucky 1810 Died: Florence, Italy 1877 marble 38 5/8 x 12 x 13 in. (98.1 x 30.5 x 33.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1986.29 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, South Wing


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Nineteenth-century artists often created images of children to evoke innocence and virtue, ideals that were particularly important after the Civil War, when the nation seemed to have lost its innocence. Joel Tanner Hart created this sculpture after seeing a young girl absorbed in collecting morning glories in the folds of her dress. The roses and lilies, even the white marble itself, symbolize the girl's purity, while the morning glory represents the fleeting nature of childhood.

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Figure female - full length

Object - flower - morning glory

sculpture

stone - marble

About Joel Tanner Hart

Born: Winchester, Kentucky 1810 Died: Florence, Italy 1877

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