William T. Trego: Catalogue Raisonne

Bust of a Distant Relative, n. d.

Courtesy of The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College.

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Plaster, 20 x 10� x 11 inches
The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College. Gift of David Ellinger, Permanent Collection


This portrait bust cannot be definitively attributed to William Trego, as there is no signature and no provenance. The donor who gave the work to the Berman Museum, David Y. Ellinger, provided no evidence for his attribution to Trego. There is some circumstantial evidence, however, in that the tooled surface resembles the surface of Trego’s funeral monument for Anthony Shimer, as seen in a photograph of the clay matrix for that work. Also, in a letter Trego wrote to Harrison Morris in 1897, he mentioned that he had crafted several small busts. (Letter of Wm. T. Trego to Harrison S. Morris, 1 May 1897, PAFA Archives)


Doylestown, Pennsylvania, James A. Michener Art Museum, June 3-Oct 2, 2011: "So Bravely and So Well: The Life and Art of William T. Trego."


The bust is in basically good condition, but is missing a small chip at the tip of the nose.

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