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Inscription

on front right of base: Frederick MacMonnies / Paris 1890; on center back of base, a circular cachet, around circumference: 44BIS AVENUE DE CHATILLON.PARIS.; in center of circular cahchet: E GRUET / JEUNE / FONDEUR

Marks and Labels

FM: E. Gruet Jeune

Provenance

Probably purchased at auction in New York in the late 1930s by Louis E. Shecter [1901-1992], Baltimore;[1] gift 1966 to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; acquired 2015 by the National Gallery of Art.

Exhibition History
1975
Academy: The Academic Tradition in American Art, An Exhibition Organized on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the National Academy of Design: 1825-1975, National Collection of Fine Arts (now Smithsonian American Art Museum), Washington, 6 June - 1 December 1975, no. 114, repro.
1990
Mercié in Context: The French Academic Tradition in American Public Sculpture, Marsh Gallery , University of Richmond, 10 October - 7 November 1990, unnumbered catalogue, repro.
1993
Beaux-Arts to Moderne: Roots of Modern Sculpture, Fine Arts Program of the Federal Reserve Board, Washington, 22 June - 13 August 1993, no. 9.
2002
Picturing the Corcoran's Sculpture: Photographs by David Finn, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 3 November - 30 December 2002, fig. 43.
2009
American Bronzes from the Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 29 April 2009 - 2013, no catalogue.
2013
American Journeys: Visions of Place, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 21 September 2013 - 28 September 2014, unpublished checklist.
Bibliography
1970
Aymar, Brandt. The Young Male Figure in Paintings, Sculptures, and Drawings from Ancient Egypt to the Present. New York, 1970: 178.
1975
Cooper, Jeremy. Nineteenth Century Romantic Bronzes. Boston, 1975: 117.
1989
Conner, Janis, and Joel Rosenkranz. Rediscoveries in American Sculpture: Studio Works, 1893-1938. Austin, 1989: 126.
2000
Cash, Sarah, with Terrie Sultan. American Treasures of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. New York, 2000: 142, repro.