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

Description

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).

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