Charlie Chaplin

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Exhibition Label
Spotted while on tour in New York City by moviemaker Mack Sennett, English vaudevillian Charlie Chaplin was signed to appear in Sennett's popular Keystone comedies in 1913. He quickly adapted the droopy trousers, derby hat, and cane-brandishing persona that made his "Little Tramp" a worldwide favorite in such classics as The Tramp, The Kid, The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times, and The Great Dictator. In 1919 Chaplin joined Hollywood colleagues Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith in founding United Artists, a movie production studio owned and operated by the artists themselves rather than the moguls.
Provenance
(M. Knoedler & Co., Inc.), New York; purchased NPG 1972
Artist
Jo Davidson, 30 Mar 1883 - 2 Jan 1952
Foundry
C. Valsuani
Sitter
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, 16 Apr 1889 - 25 Dec 1977
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Exhibition
Bravo!
On View
NPG, South Gallery 321 Mezzanine
1925
Object number
NPG.72.30
Topic
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin: Male
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin: Performing Arts\Director\Motion Pictures
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin: Performing Arts\Performer\Vaudeville
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin: Literature\Writer\Screenwriter
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin: Oscar
Portrait
Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
With Base: 48.3 x 17.8 x 22.2cm (19 x 7 x 8 3/4")
Without Base: 31.8 x 18.7 x 22.5cm (12 1/2 x 7 3/8 x 8 7/8")
Base: 16.1 x 15.9 x 15.2cm (6 5/16 x 6 1/4 x 6")
National Portrait Gallery
Type
Sculpture