Bust of Mrs. J. Edward Farnum (Eliza Leiper Smith, 1849-1912)


The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

The sitter, from Media, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, was often resident in Baltimore and Philadelphia. Unlike Rinehart's bust of Mrs. Walters, which shows the sitter in modern dress, Eliza Farnum is shown in a classicising chemise with drapery across her chest.

Rinehart was a Maryland native who ran a successful sculpture studio in Rome. William T. Walters may have sponsored Rinehart's first trip to Italy in 1855, and he remained a close friend and patron throughout the rest of the artist's life. Wealthy Americans visiting Rome would make tours of sculptors' studios, view their work, and place commissions. This bust was modeled from life during just such a visit, perhaps during Mrs. Farnum's (née Leiper Smith) honeymoon; she was married in 1865.


  • Title: Bust of Mrs. J. Edward Farnum (Eliza Leiper Smith, 1849-1912)
  • Creator: William Henry Rinehart (American, 1825-1874)
  • Date Created: 1866
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Sculptor: William Henry Rinehart (American, 1825-1874)
  • Provenance: J. Edward Farnum [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Farnum, Philadelphia [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Mrs. William Dabney, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1946, by gift.
  • Object Type: portraits; busts
  • Medium: white marble
  • Exhibitions: American Artists Abroad: Works from the Permanent Collection . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014., Rinehart's Studio: Rough Stone to Living Marble. 2015., To Arrest the Ravages of Time: Caring for Art at the Walters. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996.
  • Dimensions: H: 26 3/8 x W: 18 1/2 x D: 10 in. (67 x 47 x 25.4 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. William M. Dabney, 1946
  • Classification: Sculpture
  • Accession Number: 28.18

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