Old Arrow Maker (Alternate) -- 3
(not in exhibition)
From newspaper accounts and this earlier dated work, we know that the original model was completed in 1866. Therefore the date of "1872" on the piece appearing in the exhibition refers to the date the marble was carved, a practice that was common among neoclassical sculptors. Curiously, the title on the dated 1866 marble seems to be the sculptor's first idea for the sculpture, but she may have changed it later to Old Arrow Maker to avoid confusion because the sculpture showed the old arrow maker rather than Hiawatha. Whatever the differences in surface treatment or inscriptions, the work of the Italian stone carver would have been supervised and approved by Lewis herself.