First Disappointment


The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

This statue depicts an incident in the life of one of the sculptor's daughters, who had avidly followed the hatching and rearing of a nest of birds, only to be overcome with grief when the fledglings departed. Palmer, who was self-taught, was among the first American sculptors to break with the prevailing neoclassical style and adopt a more naturalistic approach.

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  • Title: First Disappointment
  • Creator: Erastus Dow Palmer (American, 1817-1904)
  • Date Created: 1861
  • 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: Erastus Dow Palmer (American, 1817-1904)
  • Provenance: William T. Walters, Baltimore, by purchase, 1861; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: statues; sculptures
  • Medium: marble
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] E. D. Palmer SC. 1861
  • Exhibitions: From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
  • Dimensions: H: 46 3/4 in. (118.7 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by William T. Walters, 1861
  • Classification: Sculpture
  • Accession Number: 28.11

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