Artist French
  • Two Children Personifying Literature
Date c. 1775/1800
Medium marble
Dimensions Overall: 9 9/16 × 5 1/4 inches (24.3 × 13.3 cm)
Including base: 13 3/8 × 5 1/4 inches, 13 pounds (34 × 13.3 cm, 5.9 kg)
Credit Line Bequest of Mrs. Horace E. Dodge in memory of her husband
Accession Number 71.175.A
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
Not On View
Inscriptions Beneath the group: 29213/2, an inventory number, perhaps of Duveen Brothers, and C4854. On the scroll: L'Odyssée d'Homère
George Jay Gould [d. 1923], Georgian Court (Lakewood, New Jersey, USA);
(Duveen Brothers, New York, New York, USA);
1935, purchased by Anna Thomson Dodge [1866-1970], (Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA);
1971-present, bequest to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Lami, Stanislas, Dictionnaire des Sculpteurs de l'École Française au XVIIIème Siècle, 2 vols., Paris 1910-11, vol. II, pp. 147-48.

London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of the Jones Collection, 3 vols., London 1922-24, vol. II, p. 97, no. 375, pl. 71.

A Catalogue of Works of Art of the Eighteenth Century in the Collection of Anna Thomson Dodge, Detroit 1939, vol. I, not paginated.

Hodgkinson, Terence, The James A. Dee Rothschild Collection at Waddenson Manor: Sculpture, Fribourg 1970, pp. 40-41, no. 13.

Winokur, Ronald L., "The Mr. and Mrs. Horace E. Dodge Memorial Collection," Bulletin of the DIA, vol. 50, no. 3, 1971, pp. 43-51.

Dell, T. et al, The Dodge Collection of Eighteenth-Century French and English Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, New York & Detroit, 1996, no. 25, pp. 112-13, color ill. p. 112 (entry by H. Hawley).