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Vivian St. George and Her Dog

Paul Howard Manship

American Art

This sculpture of a young girl, posed as the young goddess Diana with her dog and bow and arrows, demonstrates how Paul Manship sought to meld ideal form inspired by classical Greek and Roman sculpture with a distinctly modern simplicity. He exercised careful control in forming the regularized volumes and polished surface, and added a touch of delicacy with the gilt detailing on the costume and hair. Vivian St. George was the only child of the Irish painter Sir William Orpen and the married American heiress Evelyn St. George. Manship received the portrait commission through his friend the American painter John Singer Sargent, with whom he lived briefly in London in the early 1920s.
MEDIUM Bronze, parcel gilt
DATES 1924
DIMENSIONS 43 1/2 × 24 × 16 in. (110.5 × 61 × 40.6 cm) mount: 44 × 23 × 14 in. (111.8 × 58.4 × 35.6 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of the American Art Council and Dick S. Ramsay Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Paul Howard Manship (American, 1885–1966). Vivian St. George and Her Dog, 1924. Bronze, parcel gilt, 43 1/2 × 24 × 16 in. (110.5 × 61 × 40.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the American Art Council and Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 2008.68. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2008.68_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2008.68_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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RIGHTS STATEMENT © Estate of Paul Howard Manship
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