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Josephine Shaw Lowell

Artist:
Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire)
Date:
1889–93, carved 1921–26
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
16 x 9 1/4 in., 34lb. (40.6 x 23.5 cm) Framed: 21 7/8 x 18 5/8 x 3 1/2 in. (55.6 x 47.3 x 8.9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles C. Burlingham, 1925
Accession Number:
25.89
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
While working on the "Sherman Monument" (1892-1903; Grand Army Plaza, New York) in Paris between 1897 and 1900, Saint-Gaudens executed several independent portrait commissions including a bas-relief of Josephine Shaw Lowell (1843-1905). Lowell was the older sister of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and founder of New York’s Charity Organization Society (now the Community Service Society). The resulting portrait depicts the middle-aged Lowell with a hint of a double chin, her hair gathered and twisted at the back. Her delicate lace fichu, with its undulating ruffles, is particularly fluently rendered. To her left, Saint-Gaudens included his customary monogram cipher. The portrait was translated to marble in 1901 by Saint-Gaudens’s sister-in-law, Annetta Johnson St. Gaudens (who used a variant spelling of the family name). Upon its completion, Lowell expressed her satisfaction for "making her look so well."
Signature: [back, top right]: AvGVSTVS SAINT - GAVDENS • SC • / A • D • 1899; [front, lower left] A ST G [monogram]; [front, lower center] • M • D • C • C • C XCIX •

Inscription: [back, lower center]: • JOSEPHINE • SHAW • LOWELL • / WIDOW OF / • GENERAL • CHARLES • RUSSELL • LOWELL • / DECEMBER 16 1843 / OCTOBER 12 1905
Josephine Shaw Lowell, 1901–d. 1905; her daughter Carlotta Russell Lowell, 1905–d. 1924; Estate of Carlotta Russell Lowell, 1924–25; Charles C. Burlingham, 1925
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