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The Boy

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.




Elihu Vedder
American, 1836–1923
Modeled by Charles Keck
American, 1875–1951

About this artwork

This fountain sculpture is one of an edition of at least four that were produced collaboratively by the painter Elihu Vedder and the sculptor Charles Keck. The two artists met in Rome, where Vedder lived, while Keck was studying at the American Academy. The sculpture is one of the many decorative art objects that Vedder designed during his career; others include door knockers, bell pulls, and firebacks. This work, however, is the only large-scale piece produced from one of his designs. Originally nude, the figure was adorned with a modest scarf sometime after it was cast.


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Arts of the Americas


Elihu Vedder (Designer)


The Boy


United States (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

c. 1900–1902




106.7 × (diam. of pan on figure's head) 53 cm (42 × 20 7/8 in.)

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Roger McCormick Fund

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