Wax Relief Portrait of George Barrett (1801-1862)

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1810-1820

GUSN

GUSN-62889

Description

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

Details

Descriptive Terms

portraits
soft sculpture
wax
paper (fiber product)
wood (plant material)
moss (plant)
glass (material)
Wax
Sculpture

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.

Associated Building

Used at Barrett House (New Ipswich, N.H.),

Maker

Rauschner, John Christian (1760-after 1812) (Sculptor)

Object Type

Art

Dimensions

11 x 9 1/2 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Caroline Barr Wade

Accession Number

1948.726