William Gedney Bunce, 1877

William Gedney Bunce (1840-1916) was a painter, born in Hartford, Connecticut. Bunce served two years in the First Connecticut Cavalry during the Civil War. He attended Cooper Union in New York City and studied with the painter William Hart. He later studied art in Paris, Munich, Antwerp, and Venice. Saint-Gaudens first met Bunce soon after he had arrived in Rome, when friends advised him that the fine studio of a "dying American" would most probably be available very soon. The supposedly fatally ill American turned out to be Bunce, and Saint-Gaudens later commented: "We became fast friends. This was thirty-six years ago and still he is alive, as sound as a drum, as lively as a cricket, and likely to outlive those of us who expected to attend his funeral and occupy his studio in Rome." Bunce was a member of the Tile Club and the National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York City.

 



Bronze, 6 3/4 x 5 inches
(17.15 x 12.7 cm.)