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White marble, signed, Rodin.


signed, Rodin


Possibly sold by the artist to Jules Bastien-Lepage (b. 1848 - d. 1884), Paris [see note 1]; possibly sold from the estate of Bastien-Lepage to Samuel Isham (b. 1855 - d. 1914), Paris and New York [see note 2]; 1914, the estate of Samuel Isham; 1917, gift of Julia Isham (Mrs. Henry Osborn Taylor), executrix of the estate, to the MFA. (Accession date: October 4, 1917) NOTES: [1] This sculpture may be identical to a marble copy of the figure of "Sorrow," which Bastien-Lepage acquired from Rodin and kept in his studio. See T. H. Bartlett, "Auguste Rodin," American Architect and Building News, vol. xxv, no. 696 (April 27, 1889), p. 199 and ibid., vol. xxv, no. 700 (May 25, 1889), p. 249. [2] According to notes in the MFA curatorial file.

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From the Estate of Samuel Isham, N.A. Gift of Julia Isham (Mrs. Henry Osborn Taylor), Executrix

French, 19th century, about 1883

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50 x 30.48 x 26.67 cm (19 11/16 x 12 x 10 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Stone; marble