Portrait bust placed on an Ionic capital. The body is represented to just below the chest, the arms merely as stubs. The subject turns his face slightly to the observers left, his gaze even more so. He is dressed in wing collar, stick pin, and double breasted suit. His hair is parted in the center.
1 bust ; 15 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. (39.2 x 29.3 x 15.8 cm)
Inscribed on back of base: MODELED IN MEMORY / OF MY FRIEND / HENRY OGDEN AVERY / 1890 / CHAS. CALVERLEY, SC
This portrait bust depicts Henry Ogden Avery’s head and upper torso mounted on an Ionic capital, alluding to his career as an architect and student of classicism at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. The posthumous portrait is likely taken from a photograph and was also used as a profile bust for the commemorative plaque by the same sculptor installed on the wall in the entrance foyer of Avery Hall. Charles Calverley was a New York-based sculptor who specialized in busts and medallion portraits.