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John Barton Payne Award, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, reverse

1933 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.117 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Judge John Barton Payne (1855-1935) served in Woodrow Wilson’s government during World War I, was secretary of the Interior from 1920 to 1921, and served from 1921 to 1935 as president of the American Red Cross. His gifts of paintings and funds to the Commonwealth of Virginia led to the establishment of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 1932. The Payne medal, designed by Paul Manship, accompanies a purchase award that has been given to such notable American artists as Stuart Davis. On the reverse, the Roman god Virtus stands over a fallen despot. The Latin motto, which reads “Thus Ever To Tyrants,” appears on Virginia’s great seal.

Keywords

Allegory - place - Virginia

Figure group - male

Occupation - military - soldier

sculpture

metal - bronze

cast

About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

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