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The Woman of Samaria
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The Woman of Samaria

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Description The Gospel of John relates the story of a Samaritan woman who is asked by Jesus for a drink of water. After talking with him, she realizes that he is the Messiah. Rinehart represents the woman, standing with her water vase. A native of Maryland, the artist, with the financial help of William T. Walters, settled in Rome in 1858. There, he sculpted idealized figures as well as portraits of visiting Americans. He worked in a neoclassical style but was also influenced by the emerging naturalistic trends in sculpture. Two large marbles of this subject were cut (the original order for William T. Walters and one for Governor Edward D. Morgan of New York in 1874) and eight reductions.

The sculpture has been on view in the open for many years. The surface is soiled and will be cleaned using an alkaline chelating agent for the 2014 exhibition From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story.

Date Description Narrative
10/09/1973Treatmentrepaired; cleaned
8/01/1989Treatmentcleaned; repaired
10/12/2001Treatmentcleaned; repaired
6/04/2014ExaminationCleaned for exhibition
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance Commissioned by William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1862 [commissioned in 1859, completed in 1862]; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Signature] W.H.Rinehart/sculpt
Credit Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1859

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1859-1862 (Modern)
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H: 65 in. (165.1 cm); H including base: 91 9/16 in. (232.6 cm)


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