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Jennie Waite

1879 Olin Levi Warner Born: Suffield, Connecticut 1844 Died: New York, New York 1896 terra cotta relief 8 1/4 in. (21.0 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Carlyle Jones 1974.88.31 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A

Luce Center Label

Little is known about Jennie Waite except that she must have been a friend of Olin Levi Warner, who kept her portrait in his personal collection until his death. In the inscription, Warner referred to the medallion as a "souvenir amical," suggesting that he made it as a token of their friendship rather than for commission. Warner, who idealized most of his portraits of women, represented Waite in an especially flattering manner. The daisies in Jennie's hair and the ruffles on her dress draw attention to her beauty without distracting from the attractiveness of her face. Waite's young face also reveals no trace of aging. Warner often ignored female subjects' wrinkles regardless of their age, while he realistically depicted the signs of age in his portraits of men (see Model for Hodgkins Medal, 1974.88.20). In this relief, he experimented with deep imprints in the clay, such as those on the nape of the neck and shoulder, in addition to building up forms on the surface, to create Jennie's figure.


Portrait female - Waite, Jennie

sculpture - relief

ceramic - terra cotta