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Head of Marquis de Lafayette (Lafayette Monument, Paris, France)

Head of Marquis de Lafayette (Lafayette Monument, Paris, France)
Artist
Paul Wayland Bartlett, born New Haven, CT 1865-died Paris, France 1925
Sitter
Marquis De Lafayette
Date
modeled 1899-1907
Type
Sculpture
Medium
bronze
Dimensions
12 3/4 x 8 3/8 x 9 3/4 in. (32.3 x 21.3 x 24.7 cm)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
1958.11.8
Luce Center Label
This sculpture is a reduced version of the head of Paul Wayland Bartlett’s Lafayette on Horseback, which was unveiled on July 4, 1900, at the Louvre Museum as a gift from America to France. It was customary in the nineteenth century for sculptors to supplement their incomes by making replicas and multiple versions of their work. A sculptor might produce a miniature reproduction or replicate part of a larger work, such as a head, to stand in for the monumental sculpture. These replicas and versions were not seen as inferior to the original, and could be purchased by private individuals for their homes or displayed in museums.
Luce Object Quote
“In the sculptor’s conception of his subject, Lafayette is again the youth of nineteen, when, in the north of France, he first heard of the uprising in America.” Harper’s Weekly, 1909
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 20B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor