Walt Whitman

  • Paul Wayland Bartlett, Walt Whitman, modeled ca. 1887-1889, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III, 1958.11.24

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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.

Title
Walt Whitman
Artist
Date
modeled ca. 1887-1889
On View
Dimensions
9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – accessory – hat
  • Portrait male – Whitman, Walt – bust
  • Occupation – writer – poet
Object Number
1958.11.24
Palette
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