Daniel Chester French (American, 1850–1931)
12 1/2 x 4 x 2 7/8 in. (31.8 x 10.2 x 7.3 cm)
Friends of the American Wing Fund, 2007 (2007.195)
Located at Fifth Avenue and 70th Street in New York, the Richard Morris Hunt Memorial was unveiled in 1898 in honor of Hunt (1827–1895), a prominent American Beaux-Arts architect. French worked with the architect Bruce Price to design a colonnaded semi-elliptical granite exedra with sculptural ornamentation in bronze. At its center is French's bust of Hunt while on the end plinths are allegorical representations of the sister arts: Painting and Sculpture on the left and Architecture on the right. Both standing figures are classical draped females holding the attributes of their professions: Architecture holds a model of Hunt's domed Administration Building from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. French cast several bronze casts of the Architecture maquette (sketch model), which is rendered in a looser, less refined technique than the final full-size figure.