Unidentified Gentleman

Thomas Ball American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

This oval portrait of an unknown sitter is one for only a few relief compositions that Ball executed during his long career. The middle-aged and bearded sitter, who appears in contemporary dress, was most likely one of many visitors to the Villa Ball in Florence. So far it has not been possible to match the face to a name recorded in Ball’s guest book (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.).

Unidentified Gentleman, Thomas Ball (American, Charlestown, Massachusetts 1819–1911 Montclair, New Jersey), Marble, American

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