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Daniel Webster

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.


Modeled and cast 1853


Thomas Ball
American, 1819–1911
Cast by J. T. Ames
Chicopee, Massachusetts

About this artwork

Thomas Ball modeled Daniel Webster prior to receiving his first formal training in sculpture. A Massachusetts native, Ball admired the great orator and was inspired to create this full-length statuette a year after Webster’s death. Despite the mid-19th-century taste for Neoclassicism, Ball rendered his figure with decided naturalism. Webster stands assuredly with his right hand tucked Napoleon-like into his lapel, yet Ball likewise portrayed the senator’s rumpled clothing and round waistline. A commercial success, Daniel Webster was one of the earliest sculptures in the U.S. to be patented and mass-produced. The artwork later inspired two monumental versions, one of which stands in Central Park in New York.


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Arts of the Americas


Thomas Ball (Sculptor)


Daniel Webster


Boston (Object made in)

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Incised at back of drapers: "T Ball Sculpt/Boston Mass/1853/Patent assigned to / C W Nichols"


76.2 × 30.4 × 27.9 cm (30 × 12 × 11 in.)

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Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

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