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Mrs. Nathaniel Thayer (Cornelia Paterson Van Rensselaer, 1823–1897)

Object Name: Bust
Date: 1849
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Medium: White marble
Dimensions: Overall: 21 x 15 x 9 in. ( 53.3 x 38.1 x 22.9 cm )
Description: Portrait bust.
Credit Line: Gift of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer
Object Number: 1945.139
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Cornelia Paterson Van Rensselaer was the daughter of Stephen Van Rensselaer (1789-1868) of Albany, tenth patroon, and Harriet Elizabeth (Bayard) Van Rensselaer. She married Nathanial Thayer (1808-83), a financier and philanthropist, on June 10, 1846. Richard S. Greenough was a younger brother of Horatio Greenough, one of America's first academy-trained sculptors. This portrait was modeled before the artist's departure for Italy, cast in plaster, and carved in marble after his arrival in Rome.


Robert Lehman Sculpture Gallery, New-York Historical Society, November 2000–2014.