Boy with Broken Tambourine

  • Thomas Crawford, Boy with Broken Tambourine, 1854, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1990.27

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Thomas Crawford was best known for his large public statues, but he also created many smaller sculptures of children. During the Victorian era, the infant mortality rate was high and families often commissioned artists to create idealized portraits of their children as keepsakes. The child in this sculpture looks forlorn as he gazes down at his broken tambourine. The baton in his other hand suggests he was responsible for the damage and is now regretting his boisterous behavior.

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"The other child, sad and melancholy in aspect, holds a broken tambourine." Comment by a visitor to Crawford's studio, The Art Journal, vol 6., 1854

Title
Boy with Broken Tambourine
Artist
Date
1854
On View
Dimensions
42 3/4 x 15 5/8 x 15 1/8 in. (108.6 x 39.7 x 38.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
marble
Classifications
Keywords
  • State of being – emotion – sorrow
  • Figure male – child – full length
  • Object – musical instrument – tambourine
Object Number
1990.27
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI