Sculpture

Sculpture-John Kenyon Bust
John Kenyon, White Carrara Marble
Artist: Thomas Crawford, 1841
Location: Entrance Foyer

This life-sized bust was done in 1841, when John Kenyon was 57 years old; it eventually belonged to the Brownings. A distant cousin of Elizabeth Barrett and a close friend of Robert Browning, Kenyon was responsible for the two poets' meeting. Elizabeth Barrett had mentioned Browning very favorably in her poem "Lady Geraldine's Courtship." Kenyon gave a copy to Robert and encouraged him to thank her--this began a correspondence that led to their courtship and marriage. Kenyon was very close to the couple, helping them financially during his lifetime and leaving them a generous sum of money in his will. The bust was given to the Browning Collection in 1944 by the Neiman-Marcus Company of Dallas, Texas.



Sculpture-Pen Browning Bust
Pen Browning, White Carrara Marble
Artist: Alexander Munro, 1859
Location: Entrance Foyer

Commissioned by Robert Browning for his wife Elizabeth, the bust of their son, Robert Wiedeman Barrett Browning, was modeled in 1858 for a fee of 25 guineas which was a considerable sum of money at the time. Although Pen was nine years old, he was still dressed in a fashion more suitable for a Victorian boy of four or five. Elizabeth wanted him raised in an androgynous manner, hence the bust's long curls and feminine mode of dress. Robert did not agree with this idea. Following Elizabeth's death in 1861, Browning had Pen's hair cut and dressed him in a young man's clothing. The bust was a gift in 1922 from the Highland Park Browning Club, Dallas, Texas.



RB-Bust


Robert Browning
Reproduction of an Original by William Wetmore Story, 1861
Artist: Unknown
Location: Entrance Foyer

Marble reproduction of William Wetmore Story's original 1861 bust. Browning is depicted as he was shortly before Elizabeth's death in June of that same year. The original terra cotta bust is in Casa Guidi, the Browning's apartment in Florence. Prior to 1989, the original was housed in the Keats-Shelley Museum in Rome.

During his visit to Italy in 1930, Dr. Armstrong obtained permission from museum authorities to have a reproduction cast of the Robert Browning bust as well as the companion bust of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The reproduction was the gift of Sigma Tau Delta, an honorary English society at Baylor University.





EBB-Bust
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Reproduction of an Original by William Wetmore Story, ca. 1864
Artist: Unknown
Location: Entrance Foyer

Marble reproduction of a bust made after Elizabeth's death by William Wetmore Story. The bust was a gift from the Peer Club (a former Baylor girls' social club) and was presented to the university in 1944.

While visiting Italy in the summer of 1930, Dr. Armstrong obtained permission from authorities at the Keats-Shelley Museum in Rome to have reproductions made of this bust and the companion bust of Robert Browning. The original terra cotta bust done by William Wetmore Story, ca. 1864, has been on display in the Brownings' apartment, Casa Guidi in Florence, since December of 1989.





Sculpture-Lyric Love (2)
Lyric Love, White Carrara Marble
Artist: John Gregory, 1930
Height: 46"
Location: Second (Main) Floor

The artist was inspired by the line "O lyric love, half angel and half bird," the first line of Robert Browning's invocation in Book I of The Ring and the Book, lines dedicated to Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The statue, which was presented to the Library in 1959, stands atop a mahogany pedestal. The New York artist, John Gregory (1879-1958), also executed bas-relief panels depicting scenes from nine of Shakespeare's plays for the north facade of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.









Scupture-Shelley Bust
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Reproduction of Marianne Hunt's 1836 Original
Artist: Unknown, c. 1940
Location: Treasure Room

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822) was the first important influence in Robert Browning's literary life. Browning's friend, Thomas Carlyle, gave him the original Shelley bust, which had been created from memory by Marianne Hunt, wife of Leigh Hunt, in 1836. The original plaster bust is now at Eton College in England. This copy, also in plaster, was commissioned by Eton during the bombing raids of World War II. In 1983, at the suggestion of Michael Meredith, former House Master and retired Librarian, Eton's Provost and Fellows decided to donate the copy to the Armstrong Browning Library.




Sculpture-Dante Bust
Dante Alighieri, White Carrara Marble
Artist: Unknown
Location: Treasure Room

This bust portrays Dante Alighieri, best known for his Divine Comedy. It was a gift from Mrs. Mary Sendon of Waco, Texas, and was presented to the Armstrong Browning Library in 1998 in memory of Dr. A. J. Armstrong.





Sculpture-Beatrice & Dante MedallionSculpture-Dante Bust (2)
Beatrice and Dante, Bronze Medallion (left)
Artist: Unknown
Dimensions: 14 1/2" diameter
Location: Research Hall

Dante Alighieri, White Carrara Marble (right)
Artist: Unknown
Location: Research Hall



The hammered bronze bas-relief medallion given by Mrs. Phil Teeling of Waco, Texas, in 1971, has a pecan wood frame and hangs near a fine white carrara marble bust of Dante. The bust, unveiled in 1921 during a ceremony commemorating the six-hundreth anniversary of the death of Dante, was the gift of Joseph P. Todaro of Temple, Texas—a native of Sicily. He financed the Dante celebration held on the Baylor campus as a tribute to Dr. Armstrong, who had aided him in his study of the English language.




FOM clasped hands
Clasped Hands of the Poets, Bronze
Artist: Harriet Hosmer, 1853
Location: Meditation Foyer, Cloister of the Clasped Hands

Encased atop a marble pedestal in the Cloister of the Clasped Hands is a bronze cast of the poets' clasped hands, which was made in 1853 by their American sculptor-friend Harriet Hosmer. The bronze, presented to Baylor on June 14, 1920, during celebrations commemorating its seventy-fifth year, was passed from Harriet Hosmer to Kate Field, a literary writer for the Atlantic Monthly. After her death, the piece was left to Lilian Whiting, a well-known Browning authority, who presented the hands to Baylor. Close examination of the cast provides an insight into the physical size of the Brownings, especially Elizabeth's fragile health.




Sculpture-Robert Browning
Robert Browning, Bronze Medallion
Artist: Thomas Woolner, 1856
Dimensions: 9" diameter
Location: Research Hall

Profile in bronze by Thomas Woolner, a young British artist of the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Woolner had sculpted a medallion of Alfred Tennyson which Browning admired so much that he decided to have one made of himself. The artist presented the medallion to W. M. Rossetti, and it was procured from his daughter by Dr. Armstrong in 1935.




Sculpture-R. Browning Bronze
Robert Browning, Bronze Bas-relief
Artist: Gustav Natorp, 1888
Dimensions: 14" x 11"
Location: Research Hall









Sculpture-R. Browning Bas-relief
Robert Browning, Bronze Bas-relief
Artist: May Smith Dean, 1931
Dimensions: 7" diameter
Location: Research Hall

May Smith Dean was a member of the Boston Browning Society.






Sculpture-Armstrong Bust
Dr. A. J. Armstrong, Bronze
Artist: Bonnie MacLeary, 1935
Location: Treasure Room

This green bronze bust was commissioned by the Literature Survey Class of Waco, a group of 100 women organized in 1926 who met once a week for nearly twenty-five years to hear lectures by Dr. Armstrong. The bust was presented on October 23, 1935, in the Browning Room of the Carroll Library and was transferred to the Armstrong Browning Library following the building's opening in 1951.




Bronze Doors

Entrance Doors, Bronze
Artist: Robert Weinman, c. 1950
Location: Entrance Foyer

These bronze doors weigh three-quarters of a ton each and ten panels illustrate poems by Robert Browning. Above the doors, on the outside of the building, is an often-quoted line from Sordello:

Would you have your songs endure?
Build on the human heart!










Exterior-Pippa Passes Statue
Pippa, Bronze
Artist: Waldine Tauch, 1957
Location: Front of the Armstrong Browning Library

This bronze piece features a life-size representation of Pippa, the main character of Browning's Pippa Passes, a play in which Pippa expresses her innocent certainty of finding love in the world. Medallions illustrating the four acts of the play are visible behind Pippa, and at the base of the statue is Pippa's famous line:

God's in His heaven, All's right with the world.

The statue was commissioned by the Tuesday Club of Brady, Texas, and by Mr. & Mrs. John Leddy-Jones of Dallas. It was presented to the Library on November 1, 1957.





Sculpture-SpringtimeScupture-Armstrong
Springtime Dedicatory Plaque, Bronze (left)
Artist: Elizabeth Randolph Denby, 1926
Location: Entrance Foyer

Portrayed is the character of Pippa from Robert Browning's poem Pippa Passes. She is shown in full-length bas-relief, facing the viewer. The plaque was a gift to the Armstrong Browning Library from the New York Browning Society and was dedicated in 1950.


Dr. A. J. Armstrong Dedicatory Plaque, Bronze (right)
Artist: Robert A. Weinman, 1957
Location: Entrance Foyer

The plaque depicts a bas-relief bust in profile of Dr. Armstrong, who was head of the English Department at Baylor University and the founder of the Browning Collection. An excerpt from Robert Browning's Epilogue to Asolando appears as a tribute to Armstrong.


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