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Fidelity, the Mother of Constant Love

Artist:
Augustin Pajou (French, Paris 1730–1809 Paris)
Date:
1799
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
15 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 8 in. (39.4 x 19.1 x 20.3 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gifts of J. Pierpont Morgan and Irwin Untermyer, by exchange, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.282
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 552
In this highly moralizing allegory, the young woman's hair is styled modishly à la Titus, a short bob in emulation of a hairstyle favored by ancient Roman republicans.
Signature: Incised on the back of the rocky seat: Pajou f./l'an 7 de la Ré. f. /1799.

Inscription: Incised on front of base: La fidélité Mere de l'amour constant
Mme A. Arman de Caillavet (until 1920; sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 7, 1920, no. 194) ; [ Bruton Gallery , New York, until 1986; sold to MMA ]
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