John Quincy Adams Ward (American, Urbana, Ohio 1830–1910 New York)
21 x 7 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. (53.3 x 19.1 x 15.9 cm)
Gift of The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, 1972
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
This statuette is a reduction after a portrait statue of Henry B. Hyde (1834–1899), founder of the Equitable Life Assurance Society in 1859. In 1901, on the second anniversary of Hyde's death, the bronze was unveiled in the Equitable building at 120 Broadway in New York. This vigorous and realistic depicts Hyde in modern-day attire, and its success inspired the Equitable to authorize casting of at least eighty-one statuettes between 1901 and 1903. The Metropolitan’s is one of the first six, all cast in 1901.
Signature: [right side of base]: J.Q.A. WARD / Sculptor
Inscription: [front of base]: HENRY B. HYDE / FOUNDER OF / THE EQUITABLE LIFE ASSURANCE SOCIETY
Marking: [foundry mark, back of base]: THE HENRY-BONNARD BRONZE Co. / FOUNDERS. NEW-YORK.1901.
The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, until 1972