Daniel Webster

Thomas Ball American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

During his successful career as a sculptor, Ball executed several portraits of Massachusetts senator Daniel Webster (1782–1852), a man he greatly admired. For this bust Ball recorded what he described as the renowned orator’s “godlike” head, including the expansive forehead, furrowed brow, downturned mouth, and large eyes. This heroic-size marble was carved in 1868 in Florence, Italy, where Ball lived for more than thirty years.

Daniel Webster, Thomas Ball (American, Charlestown, Massachusetts 1819–1911 Montclair, New Jersey), Marble, American

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