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The Waters

1913-1914 Solon H. Borglum Born: Ogden, Utah 1868 Died: Stamford, Connecticut 1922 bronze 13 x 11 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. (33.0 x 29.6 x 14.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Monica B. Davies and Paul Borglum in memory of Mrs. M. Nash Bly 1968.33 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 19B

Luce Center Label

Solon Borglum’s The Waters, also called The Little Lady of the Dew, was displayed in a church courtyard where the nude figure caused a sensation. Many Americans of the time considered “unclothed” statues immoral, but Borglum felt that her nudity was natural and true, like the beautiful streams, rivers, and lakes that God created. The artist designed the piece so that the woman’s graceful gestures would echo the beauty of the water.


Allegory - element - water

Figure female - full length

Figure female - nude


metal - bronze