4 March 2003
Bessie Potter Vonnoh (1872-1955)
'Julia Marlowe as Juliet'
inscribed 'Bessie Potter' (on the base)-- numbered and inscribed '9/9 000000000 Julia Marlowe as Juliet' (on the base)
bronze with brown patina
19¾ in. (50.2 cm.) high
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L. Monroe, Brush and Pencil, 'Bessie Potter,' vol. 2, April 1898, pp. 29-36
The present model is an example of Bessie Potter Vonnoh's earliest sculpture which featured classical lines and minimal modeling. It can be dated circa 1898 or earlier, as she married the painter Robert Vonnoh the following year and started signing her sculptures Bessie Potter Vonnoh. Julia Marlow (1866-1950) was a well known actress during the turn of the century. She made her Metropolitan debut as Parthenia in Ingomar and firmly established her reputation in similar tragic and Shakespearian roles.
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