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Object Name Sculpture
Artist Barton, Cornelius W.
Date ca. 1961
Title Well Fed Frog
Description Sculpture, "Well Fed Frog," by Cornelius (Neal) Barton, carved from serpentine rock found on Staten Island; color is pale green. Dimensions are 5.750" H. x 7.5" W. x 7.5" D.
Acquisition Gift of Cornelius Barton
Ownership and History Neal Barton (1910-2009) lived on Staten Island from about 1920. His full name was Cornelius W. Barton. After a career in the military, he worked for the Wallerstein Chemical Company and studied art at the Staten Island Community College (now the College of Staten Island). "Well Fed Frog" was one of his first creations, completed ca. 1961. Mr. Barton maintained connections with many Staten Island organizations including the Staten Island Geological Society, the Staten Island Museum, and the Staten Island Historical Society. He and his wife Kathryn raised two sons, Neal and Peter.

In September 2006, Neal Barton provided these notes about this sculpture: "Frog was my first attempt at sculpture. He was motivated by a copy of an obscure Indian tribe inhabiting Yucatan Mex. for sale at (copy) Amer. Nat'l History. I didn't have the money for it! But loved it! "
Earliest Date 1960
Latest Date 1970
Material Stone
Subjects Sculpture
Lexicon Sub-category Art
Associated People Barton, Cornelius W.
Catalog Number 06.011
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, March 2016.
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