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Neapolitan Fisher Boy

Advertisement for exhibition of Hughes' work at Amory Hall, Boston, ca.1840s
from Wikipedia article about Robert Ball Hughes
    The advertisement above is a broadside. No image of the statue or other information about it is available yet. The statue was possibly based on the Young Neapolitan Fisherboy Playing with a Tortoise, 1831-1833, by Francois Rude (1784-1855) at the Louvre. Similar works were done by several other artists in the 1800's including the Neapolitan Fisherboy, ca 1861, by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875) at the National Gallery of Art. Neapolitan means "of, or pertaining to Naples, Italy." Amory Hall was on Washington St., Boston, MA.
    From Good Old Dorchester by William Dana Orcutt. Cambridge: John Wilson & Son, UP, 1893, p. 385:
    According to the Boston Evening Transcript, Tuesday, November 13, 1849, p. 2, column 4:
BEAUTIFUL STATUE. Arrangements are making for the exhibition in this city of the beautiful statue of a Fisher Boy, by Ball Hughes. It has been executed this present summer, and is a work of undoubted genius, which cannot fail to attract the attention of every true friend of art.

“1214. (Robert) Ball Hughes, Dorchester, Mass. Specimens of Statuary—Fisher Boy, and Oliver Twist. Excellent, both. The Committee consider the last named to be, in conception and feeling, one of the best specimens of modern statuary which they have ever seen. Gold Medal.”

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