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William Henry Rinehart
American (1825 - 1874) Primary


1825 - 1874

27 in. x 51 1/2 in. x 19 in. (68.58 cm x 130.81 cm x 48.26 cm)
Bequest of M. Carey Thomas, President of Bryn Mawr College, 1894-1922

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2011.4.19
Geography: North and Central America, United States
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Sculptures
Culture/Nationality: American
Collection: Deanery Collection, Mary Garrett Collection
William Henry Rinehart (1825-1874) was an American sculptor and native of Maryland, where he first studied sculpture before moving to Italy in the 1850s. Among his many American patrons were William T. Walters, founder of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, and John W. Garrett, the president of the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad.

Garrett purchased this life-size marble sculpture in 1874. It is the first marble version of Endymion Recumbent that Rinehart created; three other versions exist. One, in bronze, is mounted on Rinehart’s own tomb in Greenmount Cemetery, Baltimore. A plaster version is located in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and another marble replica is at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, also in Washington, D.C.

The sculpture was brought to Bryn Mawr by Mary Elizabeth Garrett, John Garrett’s daughter, when she moved into the Deanery in 1904. It was originally misattributed to the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) and placed in the Deanery garden, where it remained for many years. Sometime during the Alumnae Association era (1930s to 1960s), the sculpture was removed to the basement, supposedly following an incident in which some gentlemen guests saying at the Deanery - then an inn - decorated Endymion with a moustache, rosy cheeks, and clothing.

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