2 December 2004
Thomas Ball (1819-1911)
La Petite Pensée
signed and dated 'T. Ball. 1870' (on the reverse)
19 in. (48.3 cm.) high, including socle
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T. Ball, My Threescore Years and Ten, 1891, p. 271.
W. Craven, Sculpture in America, New York, 1984 ed., p. 225.
According to the artist, La Petite Pensée, first modelled in 1870, was a notable success. Other examples are in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., and Chesterwood, Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
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