Young Octavian
(not in exhibition)

In 1873, while traveling through Rome, Boston abolitionist Elizabeth Buffum Chase (1806 -- 1899) purchased a marble copy of a bust of Octavian from Edmonia Lewis. It is unknown if this is that particular copy. Whether Chase commissioned the work or if Lewis had already made the copy on her own is also unknown.


Young Octavian
ca. 1873
16 3/4 x 8 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman B. Robbins