European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Portrait Bust of the Honorable Mrs. Pellew [later Lady Pellew]Made in Rome, Italy, Europe
Bertel Thorvaldsen, Danish (active Rome and Copenhagen) 1770 - 1844
1994-1-1Purchased with funds from the bequest of Walter E. Stait, 1994
LabelThe sitter was on her wedding trip in Rome when this bust was carved by Thorvaldsen, the most admired European portrait sculptor of his day. The artist’s care in creating this work may be due, in part, to the special appeal of Mrs. Pellew’s beauty, which approaches Thorvaldsen’s feminine ideal.
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