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Bust of Flora


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Palmer, who was self-taught, was among the first American sculptors to break with the prevailing neoclassical style and adopt a more naturalistic approach. A version of this bust (likely in plaster or clay) was first exhibitied in New York in 1856, and a first marble version made soon after. The sculptor's account book shows that William T. Walters payed $600 for a second marble version of this work in 1858. It appears that four were made in this medium, the final being cut in 1871.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Loan Considerationexamined for loan
8/31/1961Treatmentcleaned
7/14/1983Treatmentcleaned
7/14/1983Treatmentcleaned; other
8/16/1983Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Erastus Dow Palmer: A Native American Neoclassical Sculptor. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 1983-1984.
  • American Artists Abroad: Works from the Permanent Collection . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1858, by purchase from artist for $600; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] E. D. Palmer. Sc. 1857
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1858

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Period
1857
Medium
white marble
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
28.12
Measurements
H: 17 × W: 11 9/16 × D: 7 1/2 in. (43.2 × 29.4 × 19 cm)
Geographies
  • USA (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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