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Davida Johnson Clark

Artist:
Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire)
Date:
1886
Medium:
Plaster, shellac
Dimensions:
10 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (26.7 x 16.5 x 16.5 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Alice and Evelyn Blight and Mrs. William Payne Thompson, by exchange, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.303
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 770
This graceful underlifesize portrait of Davida Johnson Clark (1861–1910) was a gift from Saint-Gaudens to his longtime model and mistress and the mother of his second son, Louis (b. 1889). The private token of affection also served as an early study for the head of Diana for the tower of Madison Square Garden, the most public of Saint-Gaudens’s outdoor sculptures. An over-lifesize cast of Diana is on view in the Charles Engelhard Court of the American Wing (acc. no. 28.101).
Marking: There are no marks.
Gift of the artist to sitter Davida Johnson Clark; their son Louis Paul Clark; his son Louis John Clark; his widow Mrs. June Clark Moore; [Christie's, New York, May 29, 1987, no. 87]; [Hirschl and Adler Galleries, New York, 1987–1990]; Frederick W. Hughes, 1990–2001; Estate of Frederick W. Hughes, 2001; [Sotheby's, New York, October 10, 2001, no. 234]; [Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, 2001–2003].
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