Thomas Ball (American, Charleston, Massachusetts 1819–1911 Montclair, New Jersey)
1860–68; carved 1868
30 x 18 x 11 in. (76.2 x 45.7 x 27.9 cm)
Gift of Mrs. William Couper, 1913
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
During his successful career as a sculptor, Ball executed several portraits of Massachusetts senator Daniel Webster (1782–1852), a man he greatly admired. For this bust Ball recorded what he described as the renowned orator’s “godlike” head, including the expansive forehead, furrowed brow, downturned mouth, and large eyes. This heroic-size marble was carved in 1868 in Florence, Italy, where Ball lived for more than thirty years.
Signature: [right side]: T. BALL. 1868
the artist, d. 1911; his daughter, Mrs. William (Eliza) Couper, until 1913