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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.

Exhibitions:

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