Sleeping Children

  • William Henry Rinehart, Sleeping Children, modeled 1859, carved 1869, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Benjamin H. Warder, 1920.4.1

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William Henry Rinehart's marble sculpture of two sleeping children beautifully captures a peaceful moment in time. An anonymous visitor to the artist's studio at the time reported that Rinehart sculpted the children from life as they napped, allowing him to render their ringlets and chubby hands in exquisite detail. Nineteenth-century artists used sleeping figures to evoke death, and images like this often served as grave markers. An early replica of Sleeping Children can be found in Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore, on the family plot of the artist's patron and friend, Hugh Sisson.
Title
Sleeping Children
Artist
Date
modeled 1859, carved 1869
On View
Dimensions
15 3/8 x 36 3/4 x 18 3/4 in. (38.9 x 93.3 x 47.6 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Benjamin H. Warder

Mediums
Mediums Description
marble
Classifications
Keywords
  • Children
  • State of being – other – sleep
Object Number
1920.4.1
Palette
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