Happy Are Those Whom Privacy Makes Innocent

  • Sidney Waugh, Happy Are Those Whom Privacy Makes Innocent, 1946, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle, 1972.167.35

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The title and inscriptions on Sidney Waugh's medal are taken from Hydriotaphia, or Urn-Burial, an essay written by the seventeenth-century English physician and philosopher Sir Thomas Browne. The physician pondered the folly of men who seek fame in this world and build grand monuments to honor themselves when they are dead. "Happy are they whom privacy makes innocent," Browne wrote, "who deal so with men in this world, that they are not afraid to meet them in the next, who when they dye, make no commotion among the dead . . . 'Tis all one to lye in St. Innocent's churchyard as in the sands of Egypt."

Title
Happy Are Those Whom Privacy Makes Innocent
Artist
Commissioner
Founder
Date
1946
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – farm – harvesting
  • Animal – horse
  • Figure male – full length
  • Occupation – farm – animal husbandry
  • Figure group
Object Number
1972.167.35
Palette
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