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Julia Blatchford Potter (Mrs. E.T.)

ca. 1872 Pierce Francis Connelly Born: Grand Coteau, Louisiana 1841 Died: Rome, Italy 1932 marble 26 3/8 x 17 3/8 x 10 3/8 in. (66.9 x 44.0 x 26.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. Allyn Cox in memory of Ethel Potter, granddaughter of the sitter 1974.102 Not currently on view


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Julia Blatchford married into one of the oldest families of New York, the Potters, whose ancestors came to America from England in the seventeenth century. Pierce Francis Connelly modeled Mrs. Potter in repose with delicate features that accentuate her beauty and elegance. He also demonstrated his skill with the expert modeling of the folds in her shawl and the detailed carving of her lace bodice. This emphasis on texture and design created a decorative effect used frequently among nineteenth-century sculptors.

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Portrait female - Potter, Julia Blatchford - bust

sculpture

stone - marble

About Pierce Francis Connelly

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

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