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Portrait of Margret Craver (Withers)

1948
Bruce Moore (American, 1905–1980), Cast by Modern Art Foundry


Object Place: United States

Dimensions

40.64 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm (16 x 10 x 10 in.)

Accession Number

1998.571

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Sculpture

Portrait bust with off-the-shoulder-length, wavy hair framing sitter’s face; original ebonized wooden, stepped base. The surface of the bronze is highly textured by the mostly intact, small pieces of clay used to build up the figure. Areas of the subject’s skin are finished with cross-hatching and stamping.

Inscription

Inscribed below back of neck, on proper right side: "BRUCE/MOORE"
Inscribed on side of proper left rim below subject's ear: "1948"
Stamped on bottom of base of back: "MODERN ART FDRY.N.Y."

Markings

Incised "1948" and "BRUCE / MOORE" on shoulder of bust; "MODERN ART FDRY" stamped incuse along base of sculpture at rear.

Provenance

Charles Withers had Moore's 1948 clay/plaster version cast by Modern Art Foundry. The bronze bust was given by Withers in 1959 as a wedding gift to his wife, Margret Craver.

Credit Line

Gift of Margret Craver Withers