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John Marshall (1755–1835)

Object Name: Bust
Date: 1835
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Medium: Painted plaster
Dimensions: Overall: 33 3/4 x 23 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. ( 85.7 x 59.7 x 31.8 cm )
Description: Portrait bust; off-white painted and overpainted plaster.
Object Number: X.53
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Marks: Inscribed at back of base: "JOHN MARSHALL"
Inscribed: Inscribed under bust and under base in pencil: "12"

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John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1801, and he served in that office with great distinction until his death thirty-four years later. In 1834 Frazee was commissioned by the wealthy Boston merchant Thomas H. Perkins to go to Richmond, Virginia, for the purpose of making a portrait bust of Chief Justice Marshall, then approaching his eightieth year. The marble original, now in the Boston Atheneum, was finished in 1835. Frazee made numerous replicas.


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