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William Maxwell Evarts

Artist:
Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire)
Date:
1872–73; carved 1874
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
22 7/8 x 12 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. (58.1 x 32.4 x 23.5 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Erving and Joyce Wolf, in memory of Diane R. Wolf, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.405
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 763
Early in his career, Saint-Gaudens secured several commissions for portrait busts of middle-aged male sitters, all of which he executed in the hybrid real-ideal style that was popular at the time. This portrait of the prominent attorney William Maxwell Evarts (1818–1901) is a vigorous, naturalistic bust terminating in a classicizing undraped chest and an ennobling herm. When he first met the sculptor in Rome, Evarts was based in Geneva, Switzerland, as the United States’s counsel at the Alabama claims tribunal, which had been convened to review sanctions against the British for aiding the Confederate cause during the Civil War.
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