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Henry P. Wolcott

1877 Olin Levi Warner Born: Suffield, Connecticut 1844 Died: New York, New York 1896 bronze 10 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 4 7/8 in. (26.6 x 14.6 x 12.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Carlyle Jones 1974.88.37 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17A


Luce Center Quote

“Wolcott always said he would be a great man if he could live up to that bust.” Charles Erskine Scott Wood, 1894

Luce Center Label

In 1877, Olin Warner lived with Henry Wolcott, nicknamed “The Bird.” Wolcott exhibited a painting at the annual show of the National Academy of Design in 1879, but his artistic career was short-lived. Warner was often appalled by his roommate’s drunken antics, reporting to a friend that “The Bird” brought “objectionable friends” home late at night and would turn the “small den and studio into a place of fearful noise and orgy till sometimes the police would interfere.” Despite his disdain for his friend’s lack of discipline, Warner portrayed him in painter’s garb holding a palette.

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Occupation - art

Portrait male - Wolcott, Henry B.

sculpture

metal - bronze

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About Olin Levi Warner

Born: Suffield, Connecticut 1844 Died: New York, New York 1896

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