Henry P. Wolcott

  • Olin Levi Warner, Henry P. Wolcott, 1877, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Carlyle Jones, 1974.88.37

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In 1877, Olin Warner lived with Henry Wolcott, nicknamed “The Bird.” Wolcott exhibited a painting at the annual show of the National Academy of Design in 1879, but his artistic career was short-lived. Warner was often appalled by his roommate’s drunken antics, reporting to a friend that “The Bird” brought “objectionable friends” home late at night and would turn the “small den and studio into a place of fearful noise and orgy till sometimes the police would interfere.” Despite his disdain for his friend’s lack of discipline, Warner portrayed him in painter’s garb holding a palette.

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“Wolcott always said he would be a great man if he could live up to that bust.” Charles Erskine Scott Wood, 1894

Title
Henry P. Wolcott
Artist
Date
1877
Location
Dimensions
10 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 4 7/8 in. (26.6 x 14.6 x 12.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Carlyle Jones

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Wolcott, Henry B.
  • Occupation – art
Object Number
1974.88.37
Palette
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