5 December 2013
John Talbott Donoghue (1853-1903)
'The Young Sophocles Leading the Chorus of Victory after the Battle of Salamis with His Lyre'
inscribed 'JDonoghve Sc' and 'F. BARBEDIENNE. Fondeur. Paris' (on the base)--inscribed '\KSOFO\kK\KL\kH\KS\k' and '\KSALAMIS\k' (along the base)
bronze with brown patina
44½ in. (113 cm.) high
Private collection, Florida.
By descent to the present owner.
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T. Tolles, et al., American Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. I, New York, 1999, pp. 342-44, another example illustrated.
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