Manship created Little Brother in 1912 during his three-year fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. The sculpture depicts a nude young woman seated on a low pedestal, holding an infant above her right shoulder so that she can look into his face. The subject matter is one of simple domesticity. This statuette, and several related groups, is significant in Manship’s oeuvre for his introduction of stylized drapery and figural conventions from archaic Greek sculpture, elements that became a hallmark of his style throughout his career.
Marking: Foundry mark (back of base): ROMAN BRONZE WORKS NY
Edith Logan Dilworth, Southampton, N. Y. and Aitken, S. C. (until d. 1974); her children, J. Richardson Dilworth and Diana Dilworth Wantz, New York (1974–84; their gift to MMA)
New York. National Academy of Design. "Winter Exhibition," December 20, 1913–January 18, 1914, no. 40.
Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. "109th Annual Exhibition," February 8–March 29, 1914, no. 618.
San Francisco. Palace of Fine Arts. "Panama-Pacific International Exposition," 1915, no. 4077.
Paul Vitry. Paul Manship, sculpteur américain. Paris, 1927, p. 35, pl. 3.
Edwin Murtha. Paul Manship. New York, 1957, pp. 11, 150, no. 18, pl. 7.
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. 746–47, no. 374, ill.