Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907)
Stanley and Mary Theaker Matthews
inscribed '.STANLEY.MATTHEWS./AND.HIS.WIFE.MARY.' (upper right)--inscribed with initials in monogram (lower left)
bronze with brown patina
9½ x 14¼ in. (24.1 x 36.2 cm.)
Cast circa 1904.
Private collection.
Acquired by the present owner from the above, circa 2002.
J.H. Dryfhout, The Work of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, London, 1982, pp. 17, 268, no. 194, another example illustrated.
Cornish, New Hampshire, Cornish Colony Museum, Women of the Cornish Colony Part I, 2002.
Cornish, New Hampshire, Cornish Colony Museum, Women of the Cornish Colony Part II, 2003.
Cornish, New Hampshire, Cornish Colony Museum, A Cornish Colony Extravaganza, 2004.
Windsor, Vermont, Cornish Colony Museum, A Masque of Ours: The Gods & The Golden Bowl, A Centennial Celebration, 2005.

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The present work depicts Stanley Matthews (1824-1889), of Cincinnati, Ohio, and his second wife Mary Theaker, of Washington, D.C. Matthews graduated from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, in 1840 and promptly pursued a legal career which lead to his appointment as justice to the United States Supreme Court under President James Garfield in 1881. The present portrait was commissioned by the sitter's daughter and the artist was paid a sum of $12,000. A larger example in marble resides in the collection of Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, and a reduced example, the same size as the present work, is in the collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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