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Gilbert Riswold

Bronze, 1931



According to Rick of Stairway to the Stars, the sculpture "is 23 inches tall, 8 inches wide at the base, and signed by noted sculptor Gilbert Riswold and dated 1931. Cast at the California Art Bronze Foundry LA and so stamped. On one side is the comedy mask and the other tragedy, denoting she is an actress. I think the gown closely resembles one worn in This Modern Age, done the same year, but have had no luck figuring out the circumstances of it being made. It has two flange brackets underneath to fasten it to something. Riswold is known for his monumental statues around the world with 12 listed in the Smithsonian directory and three in the National Portrait Gallery. He had just moved to LA in the spring of 1930 and died in Hollywood in 1938."