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Wax Relief Portrait of George Barrett (1801-1862)

1948.726 (RS32544)

Description

Relief profile portriat of boy in black jacket, with walking stick and a dog.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": This wax portrait depicts George Barrett, of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, at the age of eight or nine. The artist, John Christian Rauschner, was born in Germany, and worked in New York; Salem and Boston, Massachusetts; and Philadelphia. Among the numerous surviving wax portraits by Rauschner, this is one of the most complex. Principally made in molds using colored clays, the artist picked out the details with paint. He painted the boy's eyes, eyebrows, and buttons, as well as the dog's eyes, nose, lips, and spots. He made the lace around Barrett's collar from wax, used a small wooden stick for the walking stick, created the surrounding trees and grass from both wax and natural moss, and placed the whole assemblage against a glass backdrop.
Maker
Rauschner, John Christian (1760-after 1812) (Sculptor)
Date
1810-1820
Associated Building
Used at Barrett House (New Ipswich, N.H.).
Material
glass (material)
moss (plant)
paper (fiber product)
wax
wood (plant material)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
glass (material)
moss (plant)
paper (fiber product)
portraits
Sculpture
soft sculpture
Wax
wax
wood (plant material)
People and organizations
Barrett, George, 1801-1862
Dimensions
11 x 9 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1948.726
Credit Line
Gift of Caroline Barr Wade
GUSN
62889

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