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Jo Davidson (1883 - 1952)
Jo Davidson (1883 - 1952)

Thomas Paine

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Jo Davidson (1883 - 1952)
Thomas Paine
inscribed 'JO DAVIDSON/1939' (on the base)--stamped 'ROMAN BRONZE WORKS, N.Y.' (along the base)
bronze with brown patina
24¼ in. (61.6 cm.) high
Provenance
The artist.
Estate of the above.
Jack Tanzer, New York, acquired from the above.
Estate of the above.
Acquired by the present owner of the above.
Literature
J. Davidson, Between Sittings: An Informal Autobiography of Jo Davidson, New York, 1951, pp. 291-92, the plaster model illustrated.

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Lot Essay

In 1936 Jo Davidson created a plaster statuette of Thomas Paine as a submission to the Thomas Paine Memorial Committee for a large outdoor sculpture of the historical figure which was to be erected in Paris. Ultimately he lost the commission to Gutzon Borglum, but in 1940 Davidson had the present cast made at Roman Bronze Works.

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