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1850-1874 William Henry Rinehart Born: Union Bridge, Maryland 1825 Died: Rome, Italy 1874 cast and painted plaster relief in metal frame 21 3/4 x 16 7/8 in. (55.4 x 42.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Peabody Institute 1970.335.25 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17A

Luce Center Label

In this profile bas-relief, William Henry Rinehart emphasizes his design knowledge. The stylized curls reveal the decorative modeling skills that the sculptor honed while carving mantelpieces as a young man in Baltimore. The directed gaze and dynamic, continuous lines give the self-portrait a sense of immediacy and energy that belie its flat background.


Occupation - art - artist

Portrait male - Rinehart, William Henry - head

Portrait male - Rinehart, William Henry - self-portrait