Ives first modeled "Rebecca at the Well" in Rome in 1854, and it became his most popular work. Twenty-five marble replicas were sold over a period of forty years. The Metropolitan's marble was carved in Rome in 1866. Like other neoclassical sculptors, Ives derived many of his subjects from the Bible, especially the Old Testament. In Genesis 24:11–23, Rebecca was chosen to be the bride of Isaac, the son of Abraham, after offering him water from her pitcher drawn from a well.
Signature: [back of base]: C. B. IVES / FECIT ROMÆ. 1866
Paul Forbes, New York, 1886; descended in his family to Mrs. Henry Forbes (Anna C.) McCreery, New York, until 1899