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Walt Whitman

modeled ca. 1887-1889 Paul Wayland Bartlett Born: New Haven, Connecticut 1865 Died: Paris, France 1925 bronze 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III 1958.11.24 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A

Luce Center Label

Sculptors often create medals to honor famous individuals, and here we see an image of the poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892), who wrote the classic Leaves of Grass in 1855. Whitman’s work was a landmark in American literature that celebrated the poetry of everyday life in a young and democratic nation. Paul Wayland Bartlett’s irregularly shaped medal is likely a study for a more finished work.


Dress - accessory - hat

Occupation - writer - poet

Portrait male - Whitman, Walt - bust

sculpture - relief

metal - bronze