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Young Octavian

ca. 1873 Edmonia Lewis Born: Greenbush, New York 1844 Died: London, England 1907 marble 16 3/4 x 8 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (42.5 x 21.0 x 15.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins 1983.95.180 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Young Octavian, or Augustus, shows the adopted heir of Julius Caesar. It is a copy of a sculpture in the Vatican galleries that dates from the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century. Many artists copied this piece, and it became so popular that tourists could even order reproductions from a catalogue. Edmonia Lewis’s version was considered to be one of the best available, as described by a descendant of one of her patrons: “[It] seemed to all of us the best reproduction of the original then offered by any artist in Rome.”

Keywords

Figure male - child - bust

History - ancient - Rome

Occupation - other - aristocrat

Portrait male - Octavian - bust

sculpture

stone - marble