Charles Calverley (American, Albany, New York 1833–1914 Essex Fells, New Jersey)
1867; carved 1868
14 x 12 in. (35.6 x 30.5 cm)
Gift of the sculptor through F. Byrne Ivy, 1904
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Elliott (1812 – 1868) enjoyed a prolific career, completing over seven hundred portraits. He worked first as an itinerant artist traveling throughout New York State and after 1840 settled in New York City. He and Calverley probably met through the sculptor Erastus Dow Palmer when Calverley was an assistant in Palmer’s Albany studio. This low-relief marble, executed in the year of Elliott’s death, depicts him in profile with unkempt locks and beard. Calverley presented the sculpture in its original ebonized shadow box to the Museum in 1894.
Signature: [lower right]: C. CALVERLEY; [back]: 1868.