A fabulous late 19th Century bronze study of a resting rabbit with excellent hand chased surface detail and very fine rich brown patina rubbed in areas to a golden hue, signed
Height: 4 cm
Width: 7 cm
Depth: 4 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Paul Wayland Bartlett (January 24, 1865 – September 20, 1925) was an American sculptor working in the Beaux-Arts tradition of heroic realism.
Bartlett was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Truman Howe Bartlett, an art critic and sculptor.
At fifteen he began to study in Paris under Emmanuel Frémiet, modelling from animals in the Jardin des Plantes. He won a medal at the Paris Salon of 1887, and was elected as a member of the jury for the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1889 and again at the Exposition of 1900, each time sacrificing his own opportunities of receiving medals. He was 29 when the Cross of a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor was bestowed upon him. In 1903, he collaborated with the dean of American sculptors, John Quincy Adams Ward, on the models for the pediment sculptures of the New York Stock Exchange; the pediment figures were carved by the Piccirilli Brothers.
In 1895, he was named a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor. In 1916 he was admitted to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was also a member of the National Sculpture Society and the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers.
In the mid-20th century, Bartlett’s step-daughter, Caroline Ogden-Jones Peter worked to ensure that examples of Bartlett’s sculpture were distributed to museums throughout the United States. Additional examples of his sculpture, including many plaster studies as well as his personal papers are found at Tudor Place, Caroline's former home with husband, Armistead Peter 3rd; a historic house museum open to the public since 1988.
A retrospective exhibition was held after his death, Paul Wayland Bartlett (1865—1925): sculptures, Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, 1929.