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Right to the Jaw

ca. 1926
14 x 21 x 10 in. (35.6 x 53.3 x 25.4 cm)

Mahonri Young
American (Salt Lake City, UT, 1877 - 1957, Norwalk, CT)

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Gift of Thomas H. and Marion J. Hawks, by exchange
Accession Number: 1998.38
Location: Currently on view
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Many of the subjects of Mahonri Young's bronze sculptures were drawn from the working class—dock workers, riveters, and farmers. Among his most successful small sculptures were energetic scenes of boxers in action, whose movements embodied strength and power. Like his Ash Can School colleagues, he extolled the activities of everyday life.

Young came to New York from Salt Lake City, Utah, where his grandfather, Brigham Young, established America's permanent Mormon community after their forced exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois. Young studied at the Art Students League, and became a teacher there as well.

[Gallery label text, 2003]

Marks
Artist's signature, on base: MAHONRI No 6

Inscribed, on edge of base: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N-Y-


Provenance
James Graham & Sons, New York (dealers); purchased by the Gallery in 1998

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Seeing America Inservice Materials from a teacher in-service presentation Spring 2008
Seeing America Chapter on Mahonri M. Young's Right to the Jaw, written by Roberta K. Tarbell.


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