John La Farge

Artist: Edith Woodman Burroughs (American, Riverdale, New York 1871–1916 Flushing, New York)

Date: 1908

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 16 1/4 x 18 3/4 x 9 in. (41.3 x 47.6 x 22.9 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1910

Accession Number: 10.199


Burroughs modeled this bust of John La Farge (1835–1910) when the distinguished artist was seventy-three years old, toward the end of his extended career. In contrast to the optimistic dandy who appears in La Farge’s 1859 self-portrait (34.134), Burroughs presented him without apology as a pensive and melancholic elder. The vigor of the portrait rests in the assured surface modeling and the sharp horizontal termination at the chest.