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Puck

modeled 1854, carved 1856 Harriet Hosmer Born: Watertown, Massachusetts 1830 Died: Watertown, Massachusetts 1908 marble 30 1/2 x 16 5/8 x 19 5/8 in. (77.5 x 42.1 x 49.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. George Merrill 1918.3.5 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing



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“I have another order for Puck; he has already brought me his weight in silver.” Harriet Hosmer, in Cornelia Crow Carr, ed., Harriet Hosmer: Letters and Memories, 1913

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Harriet Hosmer created Puck out of financial necessity when her father could no longer support her in Rome. Literary themes were popular in the nineteenth century, and Hosmer chose the mischievous but adorable fairy from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Puck---or “my son,” as Hosmer called him---was an instant success with the aristocracy, including Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales and the crown princess of Germany, who, upon seeing the work, remarked, “Oh, Miss Hosmer, you have such talent for toes!”

Keywords

Fantasy - winged being

Figure male - child - nude

Landscape - plant - mushroom

Literature - character - Puck

Literature - Shakespeare - Midsummer Night's Dream

sculpture

stone - marble

About Harriet Hosmer

Born: Watertown, Massachusetts 1830 Died: Watertown, Massachusetts 1908

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