Paul Wayland Bartlett (American, New Haven, Connecticut 1865–1925 Paris)
1915–16, cast 1916
12 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. (31.8 x 10.8 x 11.4 cm)
Gift of Thomas Henry Russell and Frederic Newlin Price, 1925
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Bartlett was said to have begun this statuette of an American eagle the day after the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915. The artist was an advocate of the preparedness movement, in which increasing numbers of Americans favored military preparation for World War I. “Preparedness”, modeled by early 1916, is the most overt proclamation among Bartlett’s works of his sympathies with the Allied cause. The stately, but loosely modeled bird is perched atop a rounded mass with a shield in front and a banner imprinted “Preparedness.” By April 1916, Bartlett had received a number of orders for bronze replicas. Casts were produced both in Newark, New Jersey, as in the case of the Metropolitan’s bronze, and in Paris.
Signature: [back edge, continuing to left side]: Copy-righted./ By P.W. Bartlett./ 1916
Inscription: [banner on front]: PREPAREDNESS
Marking: [foundry mark, right side of base]: cast by Griffoul, Newark, N.J.
Thomas Henry Russell and Frederic Newlin Price, New York, until 1925