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Rhinelander Waldo as a Young Boy

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Rhinelander Waldo as a Young Boy

Artist: Lot Torelli (Italian, 1835-1896)

Date: 1880
Medium: Marble, white Carrara
Overall: 48in. (121.9cm)
Signed: 'Lot Torelli / Firenze'
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 60.198
Label Text
Rhinelander Waldo (1877-1927), Rhinelander Waldo was the only child of Francis Waldo and Gertrude Rhinelander Waldo. He was a prominent New York politician who served as fire commissioner and then police commissioner of NYC. He was responsible for several important innovations including fingerprinting and the traffic squad.

Waldo lived from 1898-1912, in a mansion built by Mrs. Waldo for her son. The five-story French Renaissance Revival home was competed in 1898 at the corner of Madison Avenue and 72nd Street in Manhattan, NYC. Mrs. Waldo lived in the home next to the mansion at 28 east 72nd Street.

The mansion was designated as a landmark by the Landmark Preservation Commission in 1976. Designer Ralph Lauren purchased the mansion for his flagship store in 1986.

Lot Torelli (1835-1896)

Torelli was born in Florence on October 30, 1835. His early sculpture training was at the Art academy in Florence. He traveled to Paris in 1858 to continue his training. He exhibited at the major international exhibitions from 1871-1883.

60.198, MWPAI sculpture standing in the first floor foyer of Fountain Elms- "Rhinelander Waldo as a Young Boy", signed "Lot Torelli/Firenze", white Carrara marble.

The subject of a boy fishing seems to have been a favorite theme for Torelli's sculptures. On the internet there are many pictures of similar statues by Torelli.
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