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Robert Fulton (1765-1815)

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1909
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
Overall: 28 1/2 x 18 x 12 in. ( 72.4 x 45.7 x 30.5 cm )
Description: 
Portrait bust
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Colonial Dames of America
Object Number: 
1909.29
Marks: 
inscribed: under proper left shoulder: "R. fulton 38 ans" inscribed: below above: stamp with 3 figures signed: under proper right shoulder: "Boudon an XII"
Gallery Label: 
This bust of Fulton belongs to the latter part of Houdon's career. It was the last of the portraits of famous Americans that he modeled. The bust was made in Paris while Fulton was living and working there (1797-1805). This bronze was cast (probably in 1909) from a plaster cast in the National Academy of Design.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1909
eMuseum Object ID: 
6823
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

John Henry Hobart, D.D. (1775-1830)

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1832
Medium: 
Painted plaster
Dimensions: 
Overall: 23 x 13 x 10 in. ( 58.4 x 33 x 25.4 cm )
Description: 
Portrait bust.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Lewis M. Rutherford
Object Number: 
1884.8
Gallery Label: 
A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Hobart was an Episcopal priest and rector of Trinity Church in New York for fourteen years.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1832
eMuseum Object ID: 
6779
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Peter Augustus Jay (1776-1843)

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1840
Medium: 
Painted plaster
Dimensions: 
Overall: 29 1/4 x 20 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. ( 74.3 x 52.1 x 29.2 cm )
Description: 
Portrait bust.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Lewis M. Rutherford
Object Number: 
1884.7
Marks: 
inscribed: underside in red paint: "S-47" [old N-YHS #]
Gallery Label: 
The subject was the son of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States, and Sarah Van Brugh (Livingston) Jay. He studied law and practiced in New York. Like his father, he was a staunch Federalist and held several minor public offices. He was a trustee of Columbia College, his alma mater, and served as the president of The New-York Historical Society from 1840 to 1842.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1840
eMuseum Object ID: 
6777
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Classification: 
Date: 
1818
Medium: 
Plaster cast, ceramic, and terracotta
Dimensions: 
Overall: 22 x 11 9/16 x 9 1/2 in. ( 55.9 x 29.4 x 24.1 cm )
Description: 
Portrait bust.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Gulian C. Verplanck
Object Number: 
1820.2
Marks: 
inscribed: under PL shoulder in pencil: "JQ Adams"
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1818
eMuseum Object ID: 
6772
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Joseph Hume (1777-1855)

Classification: 
Date: 
1821
Medium: 
Painted plaster
Dimensions: 
Overall: 29 x 20 x 10 1/2 in. ( 73.7 x 50.8 x 26.7 cm )
Description: 
Portrait bust.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. James B. Murray
Object Number: 
1858.91
Marks: 
signed: at back of bust: "BONOMI./ SCULPTOR/1821"
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1821
eMuseum Object ID: 
6770
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

A Matter Of Opinion

Classification: 
Date: 
December 9, 1884
Medium: 
Bronze
Dimensions: 
Overall: 21 x 17 1/2 x 12 in. ( 53.3 x 44.5 x 30.5 cm )
Description: 
Genre figure.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Object Number: 
1936.631
Marks: 
signed: proper left top of base: "14 W 12 ST/JOHN ROGERS/NEW YORK" inscribed: top back of base: "PATENTED.DEC.9. 1884." inscribed: front of base: "A MATTER OF OPINION"
Gallery Label: 
This bronze served as the master model for the plasters that Rogers sold to a broad audience of middle-class Americans. Rogers often drew on the common experiences and shared wisdom of his day to connect with his audience. This group offers a gently humorous episode illustrating the popular adage "Who shall decide when doctors disagree and soundest casuists doubt, like you and me?" from Alexander Pope's Moral Essays. An older woman sits between two doctors who are disputing the diagnosis. One holds her wrist, taking her pulse, and explains his view to his colleague, who is indignantly putting on his coat before storming out. The umbrella under his arm has a scowling face carved on its handle that playfully echoes that of its owner, and it appears that in his pique the departing doctor is allowing the other end of the umbrella to poke the patient in the ribs. The woman, however, seems fairly sanguine; she is comfortably seated with a book in hand and fruit on the table at her side. Her head is inclined toward the doctor holding her wrist, suggesting that she has decided between the conflicting diagnoses, much to the consternation of the rejected physician. Contemporary writers were quick to grasp the humor in Rogers' depiction. Several noted that the invalid seemed to be enjoying the little drama playing out around her, and a few pointed out how the two doctors "are substantiating most eloquently by look and action the old adage about the disagreements of medical men."
Bibliography: 
Articles, Scrapbooks of miscellaneous clippings, etc. about John Rogers, Vol. 4, New York Historical Society. Barck, Dorothy, "Rogers Group in the Museum of the New-York Historical Society," New-York Historical Society Quarterly, Vol. XVI, No. 3, October, 1932, p. 76. Smith, Mrs. and Mrs. Chetwood, Rogers Groups: Thought and Wrought by John Rogers, Boston: Charles E. Goodspeed & Co., 1934, pp.90-1. Wallace, David H., John Rogers, The People's Sculptor, Middleton, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1967, pp. 251, 294. Bleier, Paul and Meta, John Rogers Statuary, Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2001, pp. 188-9.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1884
eMuseum Object ID: 
6707
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Louis P. Durr (1821-1880)

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1884
Medium: 
Copper alloy, bronze, and lost wax cast
Dimensions: 
Overall: 24 1/2 x 19 x 11 1/2 in. ( 62.2 x 48.3 x 29.2 cm )
Description: 
Portrait bust.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Executors of the Estate of Mr. Louis P. Durr
Object Number: 
1884.6
Marks: 
inscribed: on front of bust: "Baerer/Sc.N.Y." inscribed: proper right back: "M. J. POWER/Bronze Found (?) N.Y."
Gallery Label: 
A native of Karlsruhe, Germany, Durr arrived in New York in 1848 and established a business in the refining of gold and silver. He became prosperous and began to collect paintings, especially of the Dutch school. Durr was a member of The New-York Historical Society, and in 1882 the executors of his estate chose to give to the Society the two hundred and fifty best paintings in his collection along with money for the acquisition of additional works of art (the "Louis Durr Fund").
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1884
eMuseum Object ID: 
5215
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

General Winfield Scott (1786-1866)

Classification: 
Date: 
Mid-19th century
Medium: 
Painted and overpainted plaster
Dimensions: 
Overall: 11 7/8 x 7 x 9 1/2 in. ( 30.2 x 17.8 x 24.1 cm )
Description: 
Life mask.
Credit Line: 
Purchase, General Fund
Object Number: 
1946.346
Marks: 
paper label: inside: "Winfield Scott/2-77"
Gallery Label: 
This cast was part of the Phrenological Museum of Fowler & Wells, which opened in New York City in 1842. Brothers Orson Squire Fowler (1809-1887) and Lorenzo Niles Fowler (1811-1896) and their business associate Samuel Roberts Wells (1820-1875) were noted phrenologists who read heads to understand the subject's "temperament." Their Phrenological Cabinet displaying casts, skulls, and charts became a popular fixture in the city.
Provenance: 
The Fowler Mask Collection
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
0
eMuseum Object ID: 
5142
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Classification: 
Date: 
1860
Medium: 
Painted and overpainted plaster
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 6 in. ( 27.3 x 21.6 x 15.2 cm )
Description: 
Life mask after the original cast by Leonard Volk.
Credit Line: 
Purchase, General Fund
Object Number: 
1946.350
Gallery Label: 
This cast was part of the Phrenological Museum of Fowler & Wells, which opened in New York City in 1842. Brothers Orson Squire Fowler (1809-1887) and Lorenzo Niles Fowler (1811-1896) and their business associate Samuel Roberts Wells (1820-1875) were noted phrenologists who read heads to understand the subject's "temperament." Their Phrenological Cabinet displaying casts, skulls, and charts became a popular fixture in the city.
Provenance: 
The Fowler Mask Collection
Date Begin: 
1860
Date End: 
1860
eMuseum Object ID: 
3868
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Lord Horatio Nelson (1758-1805)

Classification: 
Date: 
Early 19th century
Medium: 
Painted plaster cast
Dimensions: 
Overall: 29 1/4 x 18 3/4 x 11 in. ( 74.3 x 47.6 x 27.9 cm )
Description: 
Portrait bust.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. William Prior and Mr. Julius L. Dunning
Object Number: 
1817.11
Marks: 
inscribed: on base at back- heavy overpaint also on lower central medal- dated possibly "1798 (?)" inscribed: on back in pencil: "S-49" [old N-YHS #]
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
0
eMuseum Object ID: 
3250
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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