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Charles Oliver O'Donnell

1867 William Henry Rinehart Born: Union Bridge, Maryland 1825 Died: Rome, Italy 1874 marble Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Robert O. Werlich 1976.113.21 Not currently on view


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Charles Oliver O’Donnell was a successful merchant in Baltimore, Maryland. It is likely that he commissioned this portrait while in Rome visiting William Henry Rinehart’s studio, a popular stop for many wealthy Americans. Rinehart created this sculpture in the style of Roman portraiture, but O’Donnell’s stern features and groomed mustache reflected his status as a nineteenth-century baron of American capitalism.

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Portrait male - O'Donnell, Charles Oliver - bust

sculpture

stone - marble

About William Henry Rinehart

Born: Union Bridge, Maryland 1825 Died: Rome, Italy 1874

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