Charles Calverley (American, Albany, New York 1833–1914 Essex Fells, New Jersey)
1890, cast 1891
26 7/8 x 15 x 8 in. (68.3 x 38.1 x 20.3 cm)
Gift of Andrew Carnegie, 1891
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Calverley modeled this portrait bust of Robert Burns (1759–1796) in 1890, two years after his bronze full-length statue of the Scottish poet was unveiled in Washington Park in Albany, New York. Scottish-born steel magnate Andrew Carnegie was an admirer of Burns and, aware of Calverley’s statue, commissioned from him a life-size bust of the poet for his library. Carnegie was so pleased with the result that in 1891 he ordered a second bronze cast for the Metropolitan Museum.
Signature: [right side of base]: CHAS. CALVERLEY. Sc. / 1890.
Inscription: [front of base, in relief]: ROBERT BURNS.
Marking: [foundry marks, left side of base]: [cursive] Cast by The Henry-Bonnard Bronze Co. / New York. 1891.