Paul Wayland Bartlett, Walt Whitman, modeled ca. 1887-1889, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III, 1958.11.24
Sculptors often create medals to honor famous individuals, and here we see an image of the poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892), who wrote the classic Leaves of Grass in 1855. Whitman’s work was a landmark in American literature that celebrated the poetry of everyday life in a young and democratic nation. Paul Wayland Bartlett’s irregularly shaped medal is likely a study for a more finished work.
- modeled ca. 1887-1889
- On View
9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III
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- Dress – accessory – hat
- Portrait male – Whitman, Walt – bust
- Occupation – writer – poet
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