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Bessie Stough Callender grew fond of this baby antelope while watching it play in the botanical gardens on the grounds of the Natural History Museum in Paris. Her husband, Harold, recalled that Bessie was "fascinated by its graceful movements, his slender legs and tiny hooves, his arched body, his sensitive face and round inquiring eyes." She captured the quiet creature's docile personality by sculpting it as it lay down and by polishing the hard marble until it looked like soft antelope hide. (Harold Callender, Fun Tomorrow: The Story of an Artist and a Way of Life, 1953)

Credit: Given as a memorial to the artist by her husband, Harold Callender

1929
Black belgian marble
40.6 x 30.8 x 61.3 cm
1951.11.4
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2024

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