The bust was prepared for loan to the exhibition H. O. Tanner: Modern Spirit, 1/2012-1/2013. Damage to the front lower right corner was restored.
The bust of Benjamin Tucker Tanner, the father of the artist Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937) is cast in plaster and patinated to imitate bronze. While the model used to make the bust was done by H. Tanner, the plaster bust was probably cast by Gabrielle Fabbri, whose signature appears on the bottom of the bust. This was a common practice in the late 19th c. for the artist to create the model and a craftsperson to actually cast the plaster bust. The right corner of the base and an area below the "B" in Benjamin had been damaged and lost prior to acquisition by the Walters in 2004. In consultation with the curator, the original plaster was isolated and the losses were reconstructed for an upcoming exhibition.
|4/20/2011||Examination||Examined for loan; examined for condition|
|12/12/2012||Treatment||Cleaned; stabilized; repaired; loss compensation|
- Henry O. Tanner: Modern Spirit. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati. 2012-2013.