John Quincy Adams Ward (American, Urbana, Ohio 1830–1910 New York)
26 x 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (66 x 39.4 x 26.7 cm)
Gift of Mrs. John Quincy Adams Ward, 1910
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 763
William Tilden Blodgett (1823–1875), a prominent Manhattan entrepreneur and philanthropist, sat for his portrait bust in 1865. Blodgett appears with fashionable muttonchop sideburns and wavy hair, yet Ward coupled this realistic treatment with a classicizing bare-chested termination on a round socle. Both Ward and Blodgett were founding trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and worked together to acquire the paintings and sculptures that formed the nucleus of the Museum’s collection.
the artist; 1865–d.1910; his widow, Mrs. John Quincy Adams (Rachel) Ward, 1910