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American Paintings and Sculpture
Artist: Chauncey Bradley Ives, American, 1810–1894

Ithiel Town 1784–1844, M.A. (Hon.) 1825

1842

Marble

26 × 14 1/2 × 11 1/4 in. (66 × 36.8 × 28.6 cm)
Gift of Dr. William Thompson Peters, B.A. 1825, M.D. 1830
1844.3

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.

Geography: 
Probably made in New York City, New York, United States
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Bibliography: 

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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