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Daniel Webster

Artist:
Thomas Ball (American, Charleston, Massachusetts 1819–1911 Montclair, New Jersey)
Date:
1853
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
29 3/4 x 14 x 11 in. (75.6 x 35.6 x 27.9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Thomas Kensett, by exchange, 1969
Accession Number:
69.219.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
During the course of his long career Ball modeled several portraits of the influential statesman, Daniel Webster (1782-1852). In 1853 the sculptor sold the reproduction rights for this statuette to a Boston art dealer, George Ward Nichols for $500. Nichols alone was responsible for decisions regarding appearance, marketing, and the number of casts. He produced numerous replicas in plaster and Parian ware, in addition to casting more than 200 bronze statuettes at Ames Manufacturing Company in Chicopee, Massachusetts. They were offered for sale with variations: with or without drapery over the column or with a “fine” or “ordinary” patina.
Signature: [back of draped column]: Patent assigned to / G. W. Nichols

Inscription: [back of draped colomn]: Patent assigned to / G. W Nichols

Marking: [foundry mark and cast number, back of base, stamped]: J.T. AMES / FOUNDER / CHICOPEE / MASS / 24
Thomas Kensett, New York, until 1969
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