Anna Quincy Waterston

Copied Edmonia Lewis, Anna Quincy Waterston, ca. 1866, carved marble, 11 787 145 18 in. (30.218.512.9 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Richard Frates, 1983.95.181
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Artwork Details

Anna Quincy Waterston
ca. 1866
11 787 145 18 in. (30.218.512.9 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Richard Frates
Mediums Description
carved marble
  • Portrait female — Waterston, Anna Quincy — bust
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Artwork Description

Edmonia Lewis often carved portraits of her patrons, either for a commission or as an expression of thanks. This piece depicts the poet Anna Quincy Waterston who, with her husband Reverend Robert C. Waterston, helped Lewis raise the money to pay for the first marbles she carved in Rome. The sculpture shows an elegant woman with a composed expression and a hint of a smile. The elaborate hairstyle and decorative clothing suggest a lady of wealth and importance in nineteenth-century society.