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Frog Fountain

Artist:
Janet Scudder (American, Terre Haute, Indiana 1869–1940 Rockport, Massachusetts)
Date:
1901; cast 1906
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
37 1/2 x 26 x 19 in. (95.3 x 66 x 48.3 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.967
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 700
Scudder is best known for her ornamental garden sculptures, sought by wealthy Americans for the landscaped grounds of their lavish houses. She modeled" Frog Fountain" in Paris and brought it to New York in hopes of attracting commissions. Her plan met with success when the architect Stanford White (1853–1906) purchased a cast for his Saint James, Long Island, estate. He recommended her to his clients, initiating a productive working relationship that lasted until White’s death. "Frog Fountain" reflects the influence of Renaissance sculptures Scudder had studied in Italy as well as the works of her mentor, Frederick William MacMonnies—such as his ebullient "Boy and Duck" (22.61).
Signature: [left side of base]: JANET SCUDDER.

Marking: [foundry mark, back of base]: E. GRUET Jne. FOUNDEUR PARIS.
Cast for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1906
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