John Marshall (1755-1835)
Off-white painted and overpainted plaster
Overall: 33 3/4 x 23 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. ( 85.7 x 59.7 x 31.8 cm )
inscribed: under bust and under base in pencil: "12" inscribed: back of base: "JOHN MARSHALL"
John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1801, and he served in that office with great distinction until his death thirty-four years later. In 1834 Frazee was commissioned by the wealthy Boston merchant Thomas H. Perkins to go to Richmond, Virginia, for the purpose of making a portrait bust of Chief Justice Marshall, then approaching his eightieth year. The marble original, now in the Boston Atheneum, was finished in 1835. Frazee made numerous replicas.
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