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American Paintings and Sculpture
Designer: Henry Austin, American, 1804–1891

A Grotesque Head

ca. 1842

Painted wood

12 × 8 1/2 × 9 in. (30.5 × 21.6 × 22.9 cm)
Yale University Art Gallery
These heads were part of a series of exterior cornice ornaments on the early Victorian Gothic Dwight Hall, erected between 1842 and 1846 to house the Yale College library. The New Haven architect, Henry Austin, designed it. The heads were removed in the renovation of 1931 after the building ceased to be the Yale library with the opening of Sterling Memorial Library in 1930.
Made in New Haven, Connecticut, United States
On view
20th 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 such records is ongoing.