Whirlwind

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

1896

Artist:

Jonathan Scott Hartley
American, 1845–1912
Cast by A.T. Lorme
New York

About this artwork

Jonathan Scott Hartley first worked in the studio of American sculptor Erastus Dow Palmer before training in several schools in Europe. Whirlwind secured the sculptor’s reputation when it was exhibited in New York in 1878. Embodying intense energy and dynamism, the female figure leans forward with her arms raised to steady herself in the wind, her legs tightly tangled in a swirl of drapery. This is a copy of the second version of the sculpture that Hartley exhibited in 1896. It is an early, rare American example of the method of bronze casting known as “lost-wax”—a process that granted sculptors more agency in producing an accurate translation of a clay model into bronze.

On View

American Art, Gallery 161

Artist

Jonathan Scott Hartley

Title

Whirlwind

Origin

United States

Date

1896

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

77.5 × 22.2 cm (30 1/2 × 8 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Roger McCormick Endowment

Reference Number

1991.250

Extended information about this artwork

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