Realistically rendered figural group based on "Barnaby Rudge" by Charles Dickens (published in England in 1841). Stepped oval base, the top of which is modeled as a tile floor on an incline. Two figures in 18th-century clothing in foreground: at left, a woman with head cast downward and fretting the bottom edge of her apron in her hands, at left, a young man holding his cap at his chest with proper right hand and his proper left hand behind his back. The couple stands in front of a blacksmiths fireplace with a firebox at table height and tools in the fire; above this on the chimney, keys and padlocks are hung and on the shelf on the left side of the chimney is a Toby jug. Left of the fireplace is a stump with an anvil and hammer on it. On the floor are padlocks, a hammer and a travelers bundle.Condition: Handle of hammer on floor and handle of travelers bundle missing. Blind crack runs from rear right base through center of base, with a small chip on corner of base at this crack. Fine horizontal crack on female proper right angle. Crack along proper right side of male neck, filled with a resin.


  • Title: Joes Farewell
  • Creator Lifespan: American, 1850-1931
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Date Created: Designed 1872-1873
  • Location Created: England
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Gift of Benno Bordiga, by exchange
  • External Link: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/2315/Joes_Farewell
  • Medium: Unglazed porcelain
  • Signed: Incised on rear of base, right: "D.C. FRENCH"
  • Markings: On front of base, cast incised: "DOLLY VARDEN AND JOE WILLETT /JOES FAREWELL"
  • Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 5 9/16 in. (24.1 x 19.1 x 14.1 cm)
  • Collection: Decorative Arts
  • Artist: Daniel Chester French
  • Accession number: 1995.98.1

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