Erastus Dow Palmer (1817-1904), Ferdinand Barbedienne, Paris, France
Date: 1874
Maker / Manufacturer: Ferdinand Barbedienne, Paris, France
Dimensions: 16 1/2 H x 5 1/8 W x 4 9/16 D
Materials: Bronze

Insribed, base, front: IMOGEN; base, back: E.D. PALMER SC. / PARIS 1874; lower rim, shelf base: F. BARBEDIENNE, FONDEUR

Provenance: Descended in the Palmer family to Joseph Gavit (grandson of the sculptor and son of Francis Palmer Gavit) to his wife, Katherine H. Gavit
Credit: Gift of Mrs. Katherine H. (Joseph) Gavit
Accession Number: 1960.10

This ideal bronze bust marks a significant departure in Erastus Dow Palmer"˜s work from his earlier, hand-carved marble sculptures. With her head lowered in a contemplative manner, Imogen's design and overall format were inspired by the ancient classical civilizations, but her loose-fitting clothing and neatly arranged hair are rendered naturalistically. Imogen is a character in Shakespeare's dramatic romance Cymbeline, but it's not known why Palmer chose to portray this literary character