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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Sculpture: 19th century: Alice
Alice


Alice
1874
Louis-Auguste Malempre
marble
24 3/4 x 13 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (63 x 35 x 24 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Laura Dreyfus Barney and Natalie Clifford Barney in memory of their mother, Alice Pike Barney
1952.13.85
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The Alice named on the base of this bust refers to the sitter, Alice Pike Barney, an artist, playwright, and art patron who lived in Washington. On a trip to Rome at age seventeen, she met the sculptor Louis-Auguste Malempre at an exhibition of his marble portrait busts. He invited her to his studio for a small party and she commissioned him to do a portrait of her. The sculptor engraved small dots and lines, called stippling, to create the decorative lace at the top of her dress.

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