Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937)
Property from the Estate of Richard J. Schwartz
Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937)

Nathan Hale

Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937)
Nathan Hale
inscribed 'F. MacMonnies 1890' and stamped 'AVENUE DE CHATILLON/PARIS/44/E.GRUET/JEUNE/FONDEUR' (along the base)
bronze with brown patina
28 ¼ in. (71.8 cm.) high
Modeled circa 1890.
Walter T. Foster, Tustin, California.
Private collection, Tustin, California, by descent.
James Graham & Sons, New York.
Acquired by the late owner from the above, 1987.
L. Taft, The History of American Sculpture, New York, 1903, pp. 336, 339, pl. X, another example illustrated.
W. Craven, Sculpture in America, New York, 1968, p. 456, another example illustrated.
J. Lederer, All Around Town: A Guide to Outdoor Sculpture in New York City, New York, 1975, pp. 31-32.
F. Fried, New York Civic Sculpture: A Pictorial Guide, New York, 1976, p. 13, another example illustrated.
L.A. Shepherd, F. Trapp, American Art at Amherst: A Summary Catalogue of the Collection at the Mead Art Gallery, Middletown, Connecticut, 1978, p. 130, another example illustrated.
C.A. Cibulka, Marble and Bronze: 100 Years of American Sculpture, 1840-1940, exhibition catalogue, Washington, D.C., 1984, p. 17, another example illustrated.
J.A. Gordon, Cast in the Shadow: Models for Public Sculpture in America, exhibition catalogue, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1986, pp. 48-50, another example illustrated.
J. Conner, J. Rosenkranz, Rediscoveries in American Sculpture: Studio Works, 1893-1939, Austin, Texas, 1989, pp. 126, 128-29, another example illustrated.
W.H. Gerdts, et al., Lasting Impressions: American Painters in France, 1869-1915, Evanston, Illinois, 1992, p. 62, another example illustrated.
M. Smart, E.A. Gordon, A Flight with Fame: The Life and Art of Frederick William MacMonnies, Madison, Connecticut, 1996, pp. 74, 85-89, 91, 99, 102-05, 116, 136-37, 157, 188, 201, 210, 256, 270, 289, no. 24, other examples illustrated.
E.A. Gordon, The Sculpture of Frederick William MacMonnies: A Critical Catalogue, Ph.D. dissertation, New York University, 1998, pp. 133-37, no. 24, pl. 24, other examples illustrated.
T. Tolles, ed., American Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. I, New York, 1999, pp. 434-36, no. 195, another example illustrated.
C. Rosenkranz, Conner Rosenkranz, Selections from Thirty Years, Concord, New Hampshire, 2001, pp. 34-35, another example illustrated.
Ithaca, New York, Cornell University, Johnson Museum of Art, 2016, on loan.

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