All of the faces are oddly distorted in some way. The Elizabeth Davenport stone in Little Compton (which is signed) has one of the strangest variations of this motif — a serene, huge-eyed, tiny-chinned, bald figure that looks like an ethereal alien:
Other versions of this design feature fat, lumpy ogre-babies or less extreme versions of the bald alien:
Ann Clarke, Newport, RI, 1764
John Bennet, Newport, RI, 1767
Thomas Crowley, Newport, RI, 1769
As with many examples of John Bull's work, these stones show originality, talent, and imagination. I think John Bull was one of the only authentic geniuses in early American sculpture — he forged his own aesthetic path and I always have the feeling that he's laughing at us.
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