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Edwin Booth As Brutus

Edwin Booth As Brutus
Artist
Jonathan Scott Hartley, born Albany, NY 1845-died New York City 1912
Sitter
Edwin Booth
Date
modeled 1889
Type
Sculpture
Medium
plaster
Dimensions
30 7/8 x 24 1/2 x 14 5/8 in. (78.3 x 62.2 x 37.2 cm)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
XX50
Luce Center Label
Jonathan Scott Hartley depicted Edwin Booth as Brutus from Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. The son of classical actor Junius Brutus Booth, Edwin grew up in the theater. He first appeared on stage when he was eighteen and played the role of the murderous Brutus numerous times throughout his career. He appeared as Brutus with his brother, John Wilkes Booth, in the role of Mark Antony, just months before John was arrested for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Luce Object Quote
“A bust . . . is at the same time one of the easiest and one of the most difficult things to accomplish.” Jonathan Scott Hartley, The Art Amateur, September 1898
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Department
Painting and Sculpture