"Love Dominating the World" (William H. Buckler)

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c. 1868
By Pasquale Romanelli

The head of the allegorical figure of Love is a portrait of Little Willie Buckler (1867-1953), the son of Eliza "Didy" Ridgely White Buckler (1828-1894) and her second husband Dr. Thomas Hepburn Buckler (1812-1901). Although originally believed to by American expatriate sculptor William H Rinehart, Willie himself said that it was sculpted “…in Italy by Romanelli.” The Florentine sculptor Pasquale Romanelli (1822-1887) had earlier completed portraits of Willie’s older half-brothers Henry and Julian White.

Marble. H 192, Dia 42 cm
Hampton National Historic Site, HAMP 10098