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Andrew William Mellon

Andrew William Mellon
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Jo Davidson, 30 Mar 1883 - 2 Jan 1952
Andrew William Mellon, 24 Mar 1855 - 26 Aug 1937
Terra cotta
Without Base: 26.7 x 14.9 x 12.7cm (10 1/2 x 5 7/8 x 5")
Base: 15.1 x 13 x 11.4cm (5 15/16 x 5 1/8 x 4 1/2")
With Base: 39.4 x 14.9 x 12.7cm (15 1/2 x 5 7/8 x 5")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Dr. Maury Leibovitz Conserved with funds from the Smithsonian Women's Committee
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Davidson later noted that when portraying financier Andrew Mellon, Mellon and the artist discussed the terms of the arrangement, "in a businesslike manner, befitting a Secretary of the Treasury." To Davidson, Mellon's "fine face, delicate complexion, white hair and mustache, suggested stone or terra-cotta." But Mellon responded, "I prefer bronze," and then suggested, "You will do it in bronze, and if I don't like the bronze, you will do it in terra-cotta or stone?" Davidson agreed. When the clay model for the bronze was completed, Mellon expressed his satisfaction, and on receiving the bronze, was "very pleased with the finished work."
Morris P. Leibovitz [1917-1992]; gift to NPG 1977
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National Portrait Gallery
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