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Provenance

Collection of the artist [1858-1945], New York; by inheritance to his wife, Adeline Valentine Pond Adams [1859-1948], Brooklyn, and Plainfield, New Hampshire; purchased 1946 by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; acquired 2014 by the National Gallery of Art.

Exhibition History
1892
Fourteenth Annual Exhibition, Society of American Artists, New York, 1892, no. 1.
1892
Fourth Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings and Sculpture, Art Club of Philadelphia, 1892, no. 87.
1893
Fine Arts Exhibition, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893, Group 139, no. 1.
1921
Winter Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, 1921, no. 205.
1923
Exhibition of American Sculpture, National Sculpture Society, New York, 1923, unnumbered checklist.
1926
Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture Contributed by Artist Members of the Galleries, Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, 1926.
1975
Academy: The Academic Tradition in American Art, National Collection of Fine Arts (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum), Washington, 6 June - 1 September 1975, no. 111.
1983
The Quest for Unity: American Art Between World's Fairs, 1876-1893, Detroit Institute of Arts, 24 August - 30 October 1983, no. 72.
1993
Revisiting the White City: American Art at the 1893 World's Fair, National Museum of American Art (now Smithsonain American Art Museum), Washington, 1993, no. 114, repro.
Bibliography
1892
"At the Art Club Some of the Pictures...at the Fourth Annual Exhibition of Oils." Philadelphia Inquirer (20 November 1892): 9.
1892
"Work by Sculptors at the Society." New York Times(12 May 1892): 4.
1893
"Art Works Chosen. Work of the Selecting Juries of New York." Chicago Daily Tribune(January 1893): sec. 2, 9.
1893
"Brillian Work of American Sculpture." Chicago Daily Tribune (September 1893): 34.
1893
Coffin, William A. "The Columbian Exposition. I. Fine Arts: French and American Sculpture." The Nation (1893): 81.
1893
Larned, Walter Cransted. Art Clippings from the pen of Walter Cransted Larned and Other Critics of the Fair: Architecture and Sculpture.Chicago, 1893: 23.
1893
"The Sculpture at the Big Fair." New York Herald (September 1893): 30.
1921
Cortissoz, Royal. "The Academy. Landscape Paintings, Sculpture and Prints." New York Tribune (December 1921): sec. 4, 7.
1921
Lloyd, David. "National Academy Fall Show Open." New York Evening Post (November 1921): 5.
1930
Taft, Lorado. The History of America Sculpture. New York, 1930: 543, illus. 544.
1971
Holler, Katherine Derry. "Herbert Adams, American Sculptor." M.A. thesis, University of Delaware, Newark, 1971: 8, 103-104.
1972
Rheims, Maurice. Sculpture au XIX siècle. Paris, 1972: 407, 416.
1976
Broun, Elizabeth. "American Painting and Sculpture in the Fine Arts Building of the World's Columbian Exposition, 1893." Ph.D. diss., University of Kansas, Lawrence, 1976: 50-52, 245.
1978
Fink, Louis Marie. "The Innovation of Tradition in Late Nineteenth-Century American Art." American Art Journal10, no.2 (November 1978): 65.
1983
Lantz, Michael. "Two Cities: Part II. The Chicago Contribution." Sculpture Review, 32, no. 1 (Spring 1983): 10.
1984
Craven, Wayne. Sculpture in America. Newark, 1968: 435, illus. 459.
1994
Türr, Karina. Farbe und Naturalismus in der Skulptur des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts: Sculpturae Vitam Insufflat Pictura. Mainz, 1994: 68, 216, 286.
2000
Hyson, Marilyn Gage. Profile of Herbert Adams, 1858-1945, Sculptor. Princeton, 2000: 21, 101, 104.
2000
Tolles, Thayer, ed. American Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Volume 1. A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born before 1865. New York, 2000: 156.
2003
Tolles, Thayer. Perspectives on American Sculpture before 1925. New York and New Haven, 2003: 64, 65, 68, 76.