Puck

  • Harriet Hosmer, Puck, modeled 1854, carved 1856, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. George Merrill, 1918.3.5

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Harriet Hosmer created Puck out of financial necessity when her father could no longer support her in Rome. Literary themes were popular in the nineteenth century, and Hosmer chose the mischievous but adorable fairy from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Puck---or “my son,” as Hosmer called him---was an instant success with the aristocracy, including Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales and the crown princess of Germany, who, upon seeing the work, remarked, “Oh, Miss Hosmer, you have such talent for toes!”

Luce Object Quote

“I have another order for Puck; he has already brought me his weight in silver.” Harriet Hosmer, in Cornelia Crow Carr, ed., Harriet Hosmer: Letters and Memories, 1913

Title
Puck
Artist
Date
modeled 1854, carved 1856
On View
Dimensions
30 1/2 x 16 5/8 x 19 5/8 in. (77.5 x 42.1 x 49.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. George Merrill

Mediums
Mediums Description
marble
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Landscape – plant – mushroom
  • Figure male – child – nude
  • Fantasy – winged being
  • Literature – Shakespeare – Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Literature – character – Puck
Object Number
1918.3.5
Palette
Linked Open Data
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