Meg Merrilies

about 1881
Edward R. Thaxter (American, 1857–1881)

Object Place: Florence, Italy


Overall: 66.68 x 46.99 x 38.74 cm (26 1/4 x 18 1/2 x 15 1/4 in.) Mount (1/2" S.S. steel rod / dry mounted onto steel plate Nagoya): 1.4 x 30.5 x 25.4 cm (9/16 x 12 x 10 in.)

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On View

Waleska Evans James Gallery (Gallery 236)





Meg Merrilies is the ugly, half-mad gypsy in Sir Walter Scott’s novel “Guy Mannering” (1815). Like West’s “King Lear,” exhibited nearby, the sculpture speaks to the wild and fearsome aspects of life-the exact opposite of the calm, classicism often represented in art. Thaxter, originally from Maine, worked in Florence. He drew upon a variety of visual sources, from Hellenistic Roman images of haggard market women to the dramatic marbles of the great Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.


1963, The Crown Studio, through John Cunningham, New York (accesseion date January 9, 1963).

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund