Philomela

  • John Gregory, Philomela, 1922, bronze on a marble base, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1984.4

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The large version of Philomela was commissioned by Payne Whitney, an avid sportsman and philanthropist, for a bird garden on his country estate in Long Island. It shows the mythological character Philomela crouching down while looking back over one shoulder. The serene pose and rich patina of the figure was meant to complement its setting, among the ten thousand rose bushes and countless other flowers of the Whitney garden.

Title
Philomela
Artist
Founder
Date
1922
On View
Dimensions
figure: 12 x 9 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (30.5 x 23.2 x 8.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze on a marble base
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female
  • Mythology – classical – Philomela
  • Fantasy – winged being
Object Number
1984.4
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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