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Chester Arthur

before 1883? Lot Flannery Born: Limerick, Ireland 1836 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1922 painted plaster 26 1/8 x 20 7/8 x 12 5/8 in. (66.3 x 53.0 x 32.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum acquisition XX42 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 20B


Luce Center Label

Scholars have disagreed about whether or not this bust actually represents the twenty-first president of the United States; further research might establish the circumstances surrounding its creation. Sculpture busts of President Arthur were made by several of Lot Flannery’s contemporaries, including Augustus Saint-Gaudens. While living in Washington, Flannery made several presidential portraits, including his popular monumental statue of Lincoln in front of the old city hall in Washington, and a bust of Benjamin Franklin in the government printing office.

Keywords

Dress - historic - nineteenth century dress

Occupation - political - president

Portrait male - Arthur, Chester - bust

sculpture

metal - bronze

plaster

About Lot Flannery

Born: Limerick, Ireland 1836 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1922