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Boy with Broken Tambourine

1854 Thomas Crawford Born: New York, New York 1813 Died: London, England 1857 marble 42 3/4 x 15 5/8 x 15 1/8 in. (108.6 x 39.7 x 38.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1990.27 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


Luce Center Quote

"The other child, sad and melancholy in aspect, holds a broken tambourine." Comment by a visitor to Crawford's studio, The Art Journal, vol 6., 1854

Luce Center Label

Thomas Crawford was best known for his large public statues, but he also created many smaller sculptures of children. During the Victorian era, the infant mortality rate was high and families often commissioned artists to create idealized portraits of their children as keepsakes. The child in this sculpture looks forlorn as he gazes down at his broken tambourine. The baton in his other hand suggests he was responsible for the damage and is now regretting his boisterous behavior.

Keywords

Figure male - child - full length

Object - musical instrument - tambourine

State of being - emotion - sorrow

sculpture

stone - marble

About Thomas Crawford

Born: New York, New York 1813 Died: London, England 1857

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