Dogma of the Redemption scale model, detail

Models (continued)

A photograph taken in Sargent’s London studio shows that the plaster model of the crucifix was, in fact, cut into three sections: the upper section with the three figures; the top half of the leg of the cross with Christ’s feet and the coiled body of the snake; and the medallion at the foot of the cross with the pelican. The pelican appears as it does in the Library sculpture rather than in the bronze version, but the snake does not. Sargent apparently cut the model so that he could make changes to each section without remaking the whole.
Dogma of the Redemption, detail of scale model
Arrows point to cuts through crucifix
Photographed in Sargent’s London studio in 1915
Visual Collections, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University
The Triumph of Religion