Cordelia

  • Pierce Francis Connelly, Cordelia, 1865, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Florence Ebbs, 1998.43.2

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Pierce Francis Connelly modeled Cordelia after his elder sister, Adeline. Cordelia is the youngest daughter of Shakespeare’s King Lear. In the play, Cordelia, the aging monarch’s only loyal child, battles to save her father’s kingdom. The Smithsonian Institution used this sculpture as a model for the faces of all the first lady mannequins in the National Museum of American History.

Title
Cordelia
Artist
Date
1865
On View
Dimensions
21 x 20 x 9 1/2 in. (53.4 x 50.8 x 24.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Florence Ebbs

Mediums
Mediums Description
marble
Classifications
Keywords
  • Literature – Shakespeare – King Lear
  • Figure female – bust
  • Literature – character – Cordelia
Object Number
1998.43.2
Palette
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