Henry Charles Carey

W. Marshall Swayne

Henry Charles Carey

Artist:

W. Marshall Swayne (1828-1918)

Date:

1878

Medium:

Plaster

Dimensions:

22 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 13 in. (57.15 x 49.53 x 33.02 cm.)

Accession #:

1878.2.2

Credit Line:

Gift of James L. Claghorn

Copyright:

It was Swayne's custom to work from life and Carey (1793-1879) sat for this portrait in April and May of 1878. The sculptor has accurately represented the elderly Carey's sagging jowls and heavy brow. To give the eyes a lifelike appearance, Swayne employed a technique similar to the revolutionary one of Jean Antoine Houdon: he cut out all but a small fragment of the iris, the fragment denoting the reflection of light in the eye. 396 lbs/cubic ft.

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