Ithiel Town 1784–1844, M.A. (Hon.) 1825 Artist: Chauncey Bradley Ives (American, 1810–1894)


American Paintings and Sculpture

On view, 2nd floor, American Art before 1900

The design of New Haven’s Center Church on the Green, characterized by graceful restraint and classical proportion, established city resident, architect, and civil engineer Ithiel Town as a leader of American architecture in 1814. The same neoclassical style animates this later portrait bust of Town, carved by Chauncey Bradley Ives, a native of nearby Hamden, Connecticut. Town’s likeness is set atop the volume Antiquities of Athens, originally published in 1762, as well as a sample of the crisscross truss invented by Town, which revolutionized bridge construction in the United States. Town worked in other styles; his more ornate design for Center Church’s gothic neighbor, Trinity Church, reflects the eclectic tastes of the early nineteenth century.




26 × 14 1/2 × 11 1/4 in. (66 × 36.8 × 28.6 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. William Thompson Peters, B.A. 1825, M.D. 1830

Accession Number



19th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.

  • Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 18–19, fig. 17
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Object/Work type

busts (sculpture), human figures (visual works), portraits


Inscribed on spine of book: ANTIQUITIES OF ATHENS


Signed and dated center rear: C.B. IVES Sculpt. / 1842

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