Edwin Booth As Brutus

  • Jonathan Scott Hartley, Edwin Booth As Brutus, modeled 1889, plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, XX50

Luce Center Label

Jonathan Scott Hartley depicted Edwin Booth as Brutus from Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. The son of classical actor Junius Brutus Booth, Edwin grew up in the theater. He first appeared on stage when he was eighteen and played the role of the murderous Brutus numerous times throughout his career. He appeared as Brutus with his brother, John Wilkes Booth, in the role of Mark Antony, just months before John was arrested for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Luce Object Quote

“A bust . . . is at the same time one of the easiest and one of the most difficult things to accomplish.” Jonathan Scott Hartley, The Art Amateur, September 1898

Title
Edwin Booth As Brutus
Artist
Date
modeled 1889
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
30 7/8 x 24 1/2 x 14 5/8 in. (78.3 x 62.2 x 37.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Performing arts – theater – performer
  • Portrait male – Booth, Edwin
Object Number
XX50
Palette
Linked Open Data
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