Wilhelm Hunt Diederich
North America, American, New York
15 in. x 23 in. x 8 in. (38.1 cm x 58.42 cm x 20.32 cm)
Medium and Support:
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, in honor of Carolyn and Winton M. "Red" Blount
Sculptor William Hunt Diederich was born into a privileged family in Hungary. His father raised horses for the Prussian cavalry and his mother was the daughter of renowned American painter William Morris Hunt (and the niece of prominent architect Richard Morris Hunt). Diederich studied at the Pennsylvania Academy and in Europe, and exhibited internationally. Today he is recognized as a sculptor, but also as a designer of functional, but decorative metalwork including wrought iron and brass objects, fire screens and weather vanes.
In the mid-1910s Diederich created several different sculptures depicting greyhounds, two of which are currently owned by the Seattle Art Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art. The MMFA 's work is very similar to Seattle’s "Greyhounds Playing" of 1920, but is slightly smaller and the composition is more compact. "Playing Greyhounds" clearly demonstrates Diederich’s portrayal of the breed’s personality, his mastery of design, and his craftsmanship.