Bust of Thomas F. Bayard
Date: c. 1898
Medium: Plaster
Dimensions: 11 1/4 × 8 1/2 × 7 in. (28.6 × 21.6 × 17.8 cm) base: 4 3/4 × 8 1/2 × 7 in. (12.1 × 21.6 × 17.8 cm) 16 × 8 1/2 × 7 in. (40.6 × 21.6 × 17.8 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Thomas and Mona Bayard, 2013
Object Number: 2013-45
About: Thomas Bayard served as the first U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom (1893–97). He was immensely popular during his posting to London, greatly strengthening Anglo-American relations. At the end of his tenure the Lord Mayor of London hosted a banquet in his honor. At this event he was presented with a cup surmounted by a bust, which was the genesis of the portrait sculpture at left. The sculptor, Effie Stillman, was the daughter of Pre-Raphaelite artist Marie Spartali Stillman. It was through the Stillman family’s friendship with Samuel Bancroft that Effie was given the commission for the full figure statue of Bayard which stands on the parkway outside of the Museum.
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