Walton Ricketson portraiture bust of Henry David Thoreau is quite possibly the
best sculpture ever produced of Concord’s favorite son and author of Walden. It
represents a young, idealized Henry Thoreau much the way he looked when he was
living at Walden Pond. When Edward Waldo Emerson saw the life-sized bust in
1898, he thought it spoke for Thoreau’s “clear eyed courage and directness, a
suggestion of Nature’s ruggedness with Nature’s refinement and wholesomeness,
and a hint, too, of the tenderness and faith that made him poet as well as
bust was originally sculpted by another friend of Thoreau's, Walton Ricketson,
whose father Daniel Ricketson was one of Thoreau's best friends. When Walton
created this likeness of Thoreau, he based it on how he remembered Thoreau
early in life.
are pleased to offer admirers of Henry David Thoreau this hand-crafted replica
of Ricketson’s original sculpture, reproduced in exacting detail. This six-inch statue is created using a high-grade proprietary bonded marble. While it can
weather any season, these beautiful artworks are best displayed indoors where
they can inspire Thoreauvians—on desks or shelves, in libraries, classrooms, or
even a 10 x 15 foot house. Each piece is designed and made in the U.S.A.