Philadelphia Triple Chest: Historical Research
Accession #: 175-1992-1
Date: c. 1820
Lender: Eliff Family Historical Trust
Artist: Attributed to William Rush
Materials: Wood (pine); gilding; paint; ferrous metal nails and screws
Dimensions: 11 ¼” H; 41 ¼” W; 11 ½” D
This carved and gilt eagle is attributed to William Rush (1756-1833), a Philadelphia-born sculptor who gained renown carving figureheads and ornaments for merchant ships and went on to become a prominent artist in Philadelphia and a founding member of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
This report details the examination of the eagle, including X-radiography of its joinery, and compiles historical research of other related works by Rush in order to more fully inform its attribution to the artist.
View examination report HERE