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Billy

1914 Albert Laessle Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1877 Died: Miami, Florida 1954 bronze 24 3/4 x 9 1/4 x 36 1/8 in. (62.9 x 23.4 x 91.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle 1971.123 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Billy memorializes a popular billy goat from a petting zoo in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square. The gentle animal let children ride him around the park and quickly became a popular attraction. Albert Laessle spent a lot of time sketching Billy's every detail, including his bristling back, which was eventually "worn smooth by many a rider" (Grafly, "Beauty and Humor in Animal Sculpture of Albert Laessle," Christian Science Monitor, February 20, 1922).

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Animal - goat

sculpture

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