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Mrs. Frederich Augustus Ferdinand Pettrich

ca. 1835 Ferdinand Pettrich Born: Dresden, Germany 1798 Died: Rome, Italy 1872 painted plaster 26 5/8 x 14 3/8 x 10 3/4 in. (67.6 x 36.5 x 27.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum acquisition XX23 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17A


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Anna Michelina Baldasari married Ferdinand Pettrich in Rome in 1827. Eight years later, the young couple traveled first to Philadelphia and then to Washington, where they settled with their three sons in Georgetown. In this sculpture bust, likely made shortly after their arrival in America, Pettrich presents his young wife wearing the robe of a mythological goddess, much like the allegorical figures that he had sculpted in Rome before coming to this country.

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Dress - accessory - scarf

Portrait female - Pettrich, Frederick A. F., Mrs. - bust

sculpture

plaster