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Manton B. Metcalf

1925 Anthony de Francisci Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964 bronze 3 1/2 x 2 3/8 in. (8.9 x 6.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Gilda Slate 1966.110.10 Not currently on view


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Anthony de Francisci’s artist’s strike, or sample, represents a relief sculpture honoring Manton B. Metcalf, whose mother established the Rhode Island School of Design in 1877. Manton Metcalf died in 1923, leaving an art collection and a fifty-thousand-dollar bequest to RISD and its museum. The Metcalf family continued to support these institutions throughout the twentieth century. Manton was involved in other forms of philanthropy as well: the inscription at the bottom of the medal honors his role as founder of the Welfare Federation.

Keywords

Object - other - wreath

Portrait male - Metcalf, Manton B. - waist length

sculpture - medal-sample

metal - bronze

cast

relief

About Anthony de Francisci

Born: Palermo, Italy 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964

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