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Artist:
Edward R. Thaxter, born Yarmouth, ME 1857-died Naples, Italy 1881  Search this
Medium:
marble
Dimensions:
40 X 15 X 15 in. (101.6 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm.)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
ca. 1878-1880
Luce Center Label:
In Reproof, a young girl sternly scolds her cat, who has just attacked a bird's nest. She clutches the cat to her chest and looks at it disapprovingly, while waving her hand in discipline. Meanwhile, a dead bird lies at her feet and feathers hang limply from the cat’s mouth. This scene is a prelude to the responsibilities of motherhood: the young girl who is now reprimanding her cat will have to ensure that her own children are well behaved in the future. Although Edward Thaxter's life was short, he excelled in creating detailed neoclassical sculpture. He made at least five marble copies of Reproof.
Topic:
Animal\cat  Search this
Animal\bird  Search this
State of being\emotion\anger  Search this
Figure female\child\full length  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Alexander Hamilton Rice
Object number:
1988.17
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2nd Floor, East Wing
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1988.17