Henry Elliott Johnston, Jr. as "Cupid Stringing His Bow"

  • William Henry Rinehart, Henry Elliott Johnston, Jr. as "Cupid Stringing His Bow", 1874, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Harriet Lane Johnston, 1906.9.16

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In 1872, William Henry Rinehart visited Baltimore, where the Johnston family commissioned him to create four portraits, including marble busts of Henry Elliott Johnston and his wife, Harriet Lane Johnston, and full-length sculptures of their two children posing as Cupid. The statues of Henry Jr., age two, and James, age five, are identical except for the faces, and Rinehart only needed to make clay models of the boys’ heads before returning to his studio in Rome. This allowed him more time to sculpt the boys’ bodies from live models in his studio.

Title
Henry Elliott Johnston, Jr. as "Cupid Stringing His Bow"
Artist
Date
1874
On View
Dimensions
42 1/2 x 15 1/4 x 13 3/8 in. (108.0 x 38.7 x 34.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Harriet Lane Johnston

Mediums
Mediums Description
marble
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male – full length
  • Figure male – nude
  • Portrait male – Johnston, Henry Elliott, Jr. – child
  • Mythology – classical – Cupid
Object Number
1906.9.16
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