Intended for the 1886 Boston Public Library, the staid Bostonians told architect Charles McKim it was too racy for their conservative tastes. “Vulgar” and “immoral” it was called. “Drunken indecency” the Christian Temperance Union called it.
The bronze now finds a permanent home in the just re-opened American wing and sculpture court of NY’s Museum of Metropolitan Art. Check out this video at the Nearby Pen to see more of this and many other great sculptures. (Photo by Trish Mayo.)