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Cordelia

1865 Pierce Francis Connelly Born: Grand Coteau, Louisiana 1841 Died: Rome, Italy 1932 marble 21 x 20 x 9 1/2 in. (53.4 x 50.8 x 24.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Florence Ebbs 1998.43.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


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Pierce Francis Connelly modeled Cordelia after his elder sister, Adeline. Cordelia is the youngest daughter of Shakespeare’s King Lear. In the play, Cordelia, the aging monarch’s only loyal child, battles to save her father’s kingdom. The Smithsonian Institution used this sculpture as a model for the faces of all the first lady mannequins in the National Museum of American History.

Keywords

Figure female - bust

Literature - character - Cordelia

Literature - Shakespeare - King Lear

sculpture

stone - marble

About Pierce Francis Connelly

Born: Grand Coteau, Louisiana 1841 Died: Rome, Italy 1932

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