A long-time assistant in the studio of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Thrasher was awarded in 1911 a prestigious three-year scholarship by the American Academy in Rome for study and travel. He probably completed this naturalistic representation of a duck after his return from Rome to the United States. Considered by his contemporaries a sculptor of great natural talent, Thrasher modeled both portraits and more imaginative ideal compositions. He was killed in France in 1918 while serving in the Camouflage Corps of Army Engineers; several months later the Metropolitan acquired this statuette.
Marking: Foundry mark (back of base): ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N–Y–
Gorham Company, New York (1918; sold to MMA)
Hanover, N. H. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. "A Circle of Friends: Art Colonies of Cornish and Dublin," June 28–August 18, 1985, unnumbered cat. (fig. 59; dated ca. 1914).
Durham. University Art Galleries, University of New Hampshire. "A Circle of Friends: Art Colonies of Cornish and Dublin," September 9–October 30, 1985, unnumbered cat.
Albert TenEyck Gardner. American Sculpture: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1965, p. 146.
Joan M. Marter inAmerican Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Thayer Tolles. Vol. 2, A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1865 and 1885. New York and New Haven, 2001, pp. 719–20, no. 359, ill.