The Thoreau Society and The Thoreau Farm Trust – The Thoreau Society & Thoreau Farm Trust Online Auction 2018
Auction Ends: Mar 29, 2018 02:00 PM EDT


Marble Thoreau Bust - 12"

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Estimated Value
185 USD
450 USD to cr4d6671c
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27  -  Bid History

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12" marble replica of the Walton Ricketson statue of Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) 

The Walton Ricketson portraiture bust of Henry David Thoreau is quite possibly the best sculpture ever produced of Concord’s favorite son and author of Walden. It represents a young, idealized Henry Thoreau much the way he looked when he was living at Walden Pond. When Edward Waldo Emerson saw the life-sized bust in 1898, he thought it spoke for Thoreau’s “clear eyed courage and directness, a suggestion of Nature’s ruggedness with Nature’s refinement and wholesomeness, and a hint, too, of the tenderness and faith that made him poet as well as naturalist.”

This bust was originally sculpted by another friend of Thoreau's, Walton Ricketson, whose father Daniel Ricketson was one of Thoreau's best friends. When Walton created this likeness of Thoreau, he based it on how he remembered Thoreau early in life.

We are pleased to offer admirers of Henry David Thoreau this hand-crafted replica of Ricketson’s original sculpture, reproduced in exacting detail. This 12” statue is created using a high-grade proprietary bonded marble. While it can weather any season, these beautiful artworks are best displayed indoors where they can inspire Thoreauvians—on desks or shelves, in libraries, classrooms, or even a 10 x 15 foot house. Each piece is designed and made in the U.S.A.

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