The Faun


In February of 1914, The Chautauquan magazine published a photo of a statue, “Faun from Lake Nemi,” from the art collection of the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. The year’s readings for the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle included a book, The Message of Greek Art, and the article was designed to let readers know where they could find classical art in the United States.

Soon after, the offices of The Chautauquan received a telephone call from Anthony Comstock telling them that they were liable to prosecution and that the magazine contained a particularly objectionable picture that could not be circulated through the mails. However, the entire edition had already been mailed out, and the prosecution never materialized.


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