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Date
1888
Period
19th century
Media
Bronze medallion on wood
Measurements
17 x 17 x 1 5/8 inches
Classification
Subject Category
Figure
Man/People
Credit Line
Museum purchase, 1944.385
Accession No
44.385
Context
Not long before Stevenson left for Samoa, he sat for his portrait in a New York hotel, ill with tuberculosis. As Saint-Gaudens sketched, Stevenson penned a note to the sculptor’s eight-year-old son, Homer, who played nearby: “Your father has brought you this day to see me and tells me it is his hope you may remember the occasion...you yourself took no interest whatever in the introduction, and in the most proper spirit displayed a single-minded ambition to get back to play and this I thought an excellent and admirable point in your character.”

Featured in “Maine and American Art: Farnsworth Art Museum” with thanks to the Henry Luce Foundation and Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

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