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Seated Faun

Janet Scudder

American Art

In Seated Faun, Janet Scudder took as inspiration the part-human, part-goat figure found in classical mythology. One of only a handful of internationally known female sculptors in America at the time, Scudder studied in Paris and became the first woman employed at the Paris studio of the sculptor Frederick MacMonnies.

She later made a name for herself crafting ornamental sculptures for the formal gardens of estates designed by the architect Stanford White. Admired by White, whose firm designed the Brooklyn Museum, Scudder was even selected as the only female to produce a sculpture, Japanese Art, for the Museum’s facade.
DATES 1924
DIMENSIONS 38 x 14 3/8 x 18 1/4 in. (96.5 x 36.5 x 46.4 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Incised along bottom of base, back side at proper right corner: "Alexis Rudier / Fondeur Paris"
SIGNATURE Incised along bottom of base, proper right side, in script: "Janet Scudder / 1924"
CREDIT LINE Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Statue of young faun seated on a lion skin draped over a square pedestal; he is playing two single pipes, one pipe held in each hand, and has legs crossed at ankles. Condition: Good, areas on body of green patina.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Janet Scudder (American, 1873–1940). Seated Faun, 1924. Bronze, 38 x 14 3/8 x 18 1/4 in. (96.5 x 36.5 x 46.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 26.184 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 26.184_front_PS1.jpg)
IMAGE front, 26.184_front_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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