Daniel Webster

Thomas Ball American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

During the course of his long career Ball modeled several portraits of the influential statesman, Daniel Webster (1782-1852). In 1853 the sculptor sold the reproduction rights for this statuette to a Boston art dealer, George Ward Nichols for $500. Nichols alone was responsible for decisions regarding appearance, marketing, and the number of casts. He produced numerous replicas in plaster and Parian ware, in addition to casting more than 200 bronze statuettes at Ames Manufacturing Company in Chicopee, Massachusetts. They were offered for sale with variations: with or without drapery over the column or with a “fine” or “ordinary” patina.

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

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