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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
Loan 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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