The Fuller Building, 41 East 57th Street, 9th Floor New York City, NY 10022 United States 212.535.8810
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Documentation Signed
Documentation Notes Signed, dated, and inscribed (on the ball): EVELYN B. LONGMAN / 1908
Period 1900-1919
Materials Bronze
H. 27 in;
H. 68.58 cm;
Creation Date 1904
Description From 1901 until 1904 Evelyn Beatrice Longman worked as an assistant in Daniel Chester French’s studio, the only woman ever to have done so. Her first significant effort as a sculptor in her own right was the colossal figure of Victory (plaster, now destroyed) which she created for the dome of Festival Hall at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, Saint Louis, Missouri. The Victory proved so successful that a decade later, when she received an important commission for a sculpture to surmount the American Telegraph and Telephone Building, New York, she adapted its composition to create the gilded male figure of Electricity (formerly housed in the lobby of the A.T. & T. Building, New York).

Reductions of the Victory were made in 1908 from the working model for the monumental version. According to Alfred Ten Eyck Gardner [loc. cit.], approximately thirty-five bronzes in this scale were cast. Other examples may be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (no. 1); The National Academy of Design, New York, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina; The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; The Toledo Art Museum, Ohio; the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri; and the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. In addition, two larger bronzes of the subject are known. One, measuring 50 in. high, was cast from the working model plaster (destroyed) and is in the collection of The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois. The other of 1905, 58 3/4 in. high, was a special commission by several members of the Union League Club, Chicago, in whose collection it remains today.
Styles / Movements Other
Dealer Reference Number APG 7077
Incollect Reference Number 369614
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