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Edwin Booth As Brutus

modeled 1889 Jonathan Scott Hartley Born: Albany, New York 1845 Died: New York, New York 1912 plaster 30 7/8 x 24 1/2 x 14 5/8 in. (78.3 x 62.2 x 37.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist XX50 Not currently on view


Luce Center Quote

“A bust . . . is at the same time one of the easiest and one of the most difficult things to accomplish.” Jonathan Scott Hartley, The Art Amateur, September 1898

Luce Center Label

Jonathan Scott Hartley depicted Edwin Booth as Brutus from Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. The son of classical actor Junius Brutus Booth, Edwin grew up in the theater. He first appeared on stage when he was eighteen and played the role of the murderous Brutus numerous times throughout his career. He appeared as Brutus with his brother, John Wilkes Booth, in the role of Mark Antony, just months before John was arrested for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Keywords

Dress - historic - classical dress

Literature - Shakespeare - Julius Caesar

Performing arts - theater - performer

Portrait male - Booth, Edwin

sculpture

plaster

About Jonathan Scott Hartley

Born: Albany, New York 1845 Died: New York, New York 1912

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