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Robert Burns

Artist:
Charles Calverley (American, Albany, New York 1833–1914 Essex Fells, New Jersey)
Date:
1890, cast 1891
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
26 7/8 x 15 x 8 in. (68.3 x 38.1 x 20.3 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Andrew Carnegie, 1891
Accession Number:
91.13
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.
Andrew Carnegie, until 1891
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