Robert Tait McKenzie (American (born Canada), Almonte 1867–1938 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
1906, cast ca. 1907–8
21 x 9 x 16 in. (53.3 x 22.9 x 40.6 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1909
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
In his sculptures, the Canadian-born McKenzie, a practicing physician and the director of the Department of Physical Education at Philadelphia’s University of Pennsylvania, portrayed athletes in varying states of motion and rest. A sense of impending action is present in "The Competitor," in which a lithe runner kneels to lace his shoe in a solitary moment before a race.
Signature: [front of base]: '06/ R·Tait McKenzie
Inscription: [right side of base]: Copyright by / R. Tait McKenzie / 1906
Marking: [foundry mark and cast number, back of base]: No. 5. / Roman Bronze Works N.Y.