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William Rush, American, 1756 - 1833

Made in United States, North and Central America


Pine (originally painted)

7 feet 6 1/2 inches (229.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Purchased with funds contributed by The Mary Anderson Trust, 1985

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This sculpture was created for Philadelphia's first theater, the New Theatre, at Sixth and Chestnut streets. Until this time, Rush had been known for his carvings of ships' figureheads and for his ornamental work. This commission marked the beginning of Rush's creation of large-scale public sculptures.

Other works carved by Rush for Philadelphia include allegorical representations of the Schuylkill River for the original waterworks (where City Hall stands today); a set of figures for the second waterworks at Fairmount (also in the Museum's collection); and a full-length figure of George Washington.