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Love Reconciled with Death

1865-1867

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

Rinehart, a native of Union Bridge, Maryland, first worked in Baltimore as a stone-cutter on the site of the Peabody Institute, on Charles and Monument Streets. He made an initial trip to Italy in 1855. Three years later, with William T. Walters' financial support, he returned and opened a permanent studio in Rome where he specialized in portrait busts of visiting Americans. Walters remained his principal patron and life-long friend.

William Walters commissioned "Love Reconciled with Death" as a tomb monument for his wife Ellen, who died in London in 1862 at the age of 40. This plaster was used in preparing the bronze figure of a woman strewing flowers that was placed above Ellen's grave in 1867. Rinehart's niece recorded that her uncle regarded this work as "the saddest, but sweetest duty he ever had to perform."

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  • Title: Love Reconciled with Death
  • Creator: William Henry Rinehart (American, 1825-1874)
  • Date Created: 1865-1867
  • 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: Artist: William Henry Rinehart (American, 1825-1874)
  • Provenance: Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD; Maryland Commission on Artistic Property, Annapolis, Maryland.
  • Object Type: models
  • Medium: plaster
  • Exhibitions: Rinehart's Studio: Rough Stone to Living Marble. 2015.
  • Dimensions: H: 69 x W: 24 1/4 x D: 23 1/4 in. (175.26 x 61.6 x 59.06 cm)
  • Culture: American
  • Credit Line: The Peabody Art Collection. Courtesy of the Maryland Commission on Artistic Property of the Maryland State Archives. MSA SC 4680-20-0165
  • Classification: Sculpture
  • Accession Number: TL.1988.42.9

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