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Maker(s):Bellamy, John
Culture:American (1836 - 1914)
Date Made:19th century
Materials:carved, painted wood
Place Made:United States
Measurements:overall: 6 1/8 x 25 1/2 x 4 7/8 in.; 15.5575 x 64.77 x 12.3825 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated
Accession Number:  SC 2003.30.6
Credit Line:Bequest of Dorothy C. Miller (Mrs. Holger Cahill), class of 1925
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

eagle head turned toward proper right with wings on either side, carved in high relief, blue eye, red tongue, red white a blue design at base of neck into proper left wing

Label Text:
The son of a carpenter and boat builder from Kittery Point, Maine, John Bellamy studied art in Boston and New York and was apprenticed to a Boston ship carver. He is best known, however, for his many patriotic eagle carvings, which adopt the basic format seen here: outspread, stylized wings and a more sculpturally realized head with a curved beak and fierce expression. These were made for domestic display, and larger carvings were made for architectural use.

birds; allegory

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