With his statuette of an Indian youth and his dog, Ward answered the call for American subjects modeled by home-based, rather than expatriate, sculptors in a naturalistic, rather than Neoclassical, style. Ward paid close attention to physiognomy, texture, and realistic detail. He later enlarged his model, making refinements based on an 1864 trip to the Dakotas. An over-lifesize bronze was dedicated in New York’s Central Park in 1869, becoming the first American sculpture to be erected there.
Signature: [top of base, under dog]: J.Q.A. WARD / 1860