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Head of Marquis de Lafayette (Lafayette Monument, Paris, France)

modeled 1899-1907 Paul Wayland Bartlett Born: New Haven, Connecticut 1865 Died: Paris, France 1925 bronze 12 3/4 x 8 3/8 x 9 3/4 in. (32.3 x 21.3 x 24.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III 1958.11.8 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 20B


Luce Center Quote

“In the sculptor’s conception of his subject, Lafayette is again the youth of nineteen, when, in the north of France, he first heard of the uprising in America.” Harper’s Weekly, 1909

Luce Center Label

This sculpture is a reduced version of the head of Paul Wayland Bartlett’s Lafayette on Horseback, which was unveiled on July 4, 1900, at the Louvre Museum as a gift from America to France. It was customary in the nineteenth century for sculptors to supplement their incomes by making replicas and multiple versions of their work. A sculptor might produce a miniature reproduction or replicate part of a larger work, such as a head, to stand in for the monumental sculpture. These replicas and versions were not seen as inferior to the original, and could be purchased by private individuals for their homes or displayed in museums.

Keywords

Occupation - military

Portrait male - Lafayette, Marquis De - head

Study - sculpture model

sculpture

metal - bronze

cast

About Paul Wayland Bartlett

Born: New Haven, Connecticut 1865 Died: Paris, France 1925

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