Dudley Vaill Talcott
American (1899-1986)
Waitress, circa 1929
Bronze
25×5 IN.

Number 1 of a posthumous edition of 12, authorized by the estate of the artist. Stamped with the artists' initials and dated on base. One known lifetime wooden sculpture. Two known lifetime solid bronze casts. Four known lifetime bonded bronze casts. One lifetime cast in hydrocal. All privately owned.
Waitress or Childs' Restaurant Waitress is Talcott's version of an employee of the once-popular chain of eateries. Talcott exhibited a wood version of this sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in 1930. In reviewing this exhibition, Helen Read said of Talcott's sculpture: "Mr. Talcott uses sculpture as a medium for expressing his reaction to life about him. He doesn't find modern clothes or the occupations and pastimes of today unsympathetic to plastic expression. Hence it is not surprising to find that he has found sculptural material in a 'Childs' Restaurant Waitress' and 'Six-Day Bicycle Rider', the titles of two of the pieces shown."

Exhibited: "Painting and Sculpture by Living Americans", 9th Loan
Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY, 1930 in wood; Grace Horne Galleries, Boston, MA, 1938; Farmington Village Library, Farmington, CT, 1974 in bronze.

Published: "Painting and Sculpture By Living Americans: Ninth Loan Exhibition", Exhibition Catalogue, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 1930, Number 122; Brooklyn Eagle, December 7, 1930; Boston Evening Transcript, January 29, 1938; "American Art of the 20's and 30's", Reprint of Exhibition Catalogue, Museum of Modern Art, New York and Arno Press, 1969.

$ 15,000