Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828)

Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828)
Title
Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828)
Date 
ca. 1848
Medium 
White painted plaster with black wood frame
Dimensions 
Overall: 7 x 6 in. ( 17.8 x 15.2 cm )
Description 
Bas-relief portrait
Object Number 
X.75
Marks 
signed: below relief: "S Ellis" typed label: on back: "Model of the Head of Gilbert Stuart for the American Art Union Medal for the year 1848. Modeled from a bust taken from life by Browere by Ellis" inscribed: frame top in red paint: "S-87" [old N-YHS cat #]
Gallery Label 
Ellis, who was active in New York from 1842 to 1864, specialized in bas-releif portrait medallions such as this. He based this bas-relief on a bust taken from life by John H. I. Browere. Ellis's work was the model for the American Art Union medal issued in bronze in 1848 and reproduced as the frontispiece to the "Transactions" of 1848. When the Art-Union disbanded, among the several pieces it gave to the Society was the die for the Stuart medal, which also bore Ellis's signature.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group