His First Journey

Artist: Bessie Potter Vonnoh (American, St. Louis, Missouri 1872–1955 New York)

Date: 1901, cast ca. 1906

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 4 7/8 x 9 x 5 in. (12.4 x 22.9 x 12.7 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1906

Accession Number: 06.307

Description

His First Journey reveals the delight and pride of a baby as he pushes himself up on his hands to begin inching across a blanket. Although Vonnoh did not include an adult figure in the composition, the baby’s triumph at learning to crawl is palpably shared by an onlooker, whose presence is indicated by the upward glance and broad grin on the infant’s face. This statuette was among the artist’s most popular interpretations of childhood: there were about thirty-nine documented lifetime bronzes. The Museum’s cast is marked “No. X.”

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