Bust of Richard Thomas Tracy
This bust, from carrara marble was sculpted by the highly regarded artist Charles Summers (27/07/1825-30/11/1878) in Rome in 1873/74 during the period Tracy spent in Europe shortly before his death. Summers, a British born sculptor made a successful career in Melbourne for several years (1854-67) before basing himself in Rome. It is highly probable that Tracy and he were aquainted during the years they both lived in Melbourne, and he would have been a logical choice of artist for the bust Tracy commissioned with the money given to him after his untimely retirement from medical practice.
The bust was damaged during the 1960s by over energetic medical students who knocked it from its pedestal, breaking the head from the body. It has been repaired but its value is considerably reduced.
A full size plaster cast is also owned by the hospital (A1990_17_002).
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