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Reproof

ca. 1878-1880 Edward R. Thaxter Born: Yarmouth, Maine 1857 Died: Naples, Italy 1881 marble 40 X 15 X 15 in. (101.6 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Alexander Hamilton Rice 1988.17 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


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In Reproof, a young girl sternly scolds her cat, who has just attacked a bird's nest. She clutches the cat to her chest and looks at it disapprovingly, while waving her hand in discipline. Meanwhile, a dead bird lies at her feet and feathers hang limply from the cat’s mouth. This scene is a prelude to the responsibilities of motherhood: the young girl who is now reprimanding her cat will have to ensure that her own children are well behaved in the future. Although Edward Thaxter's life was short, he excelled in creating detailed neoclassical sculpture. He made at least five marble copies of Reproof.

Keywords

Animal - bird

Animal - cat

Figure female - child - full length

State of being - emotion - anger

sculpture

stone - marble

About Edward R. Thaxter

Born: Yarmouth, Maine 1857 Died: Naples, Italy 1881