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Cast after:
Leonard Wells Volk, 1828 - 1895  Search this
Sitter:
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865  Search this
Medium:
Plaster
Dimensions:
14.6 x 21.6 x 23.5cm (5 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 9 1/4")
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1917 cast after 1860 original
Exhibition Label:
Born Hardin County, Kentucky
Leonard Wells Volk made this life mask of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, before Lincoln began his run for the
presidency. Volk had wanted to create a bust of him to add to his collection of American statesmen, but Lincoln did not have time to pose. Poet and editor Richard Watson Gilder, who owned a bronze version of the work, wrote after Lincoln’s assassination, “This bronze doth keep the very form and mold / Of our great martyr’s face. Yes, this is he: / That brow all wisdom and benignity . . . .”
Nacido en el condado de Hardin, Kentucky
Leonard Wells Volk tomó este molde de la cara de Lincoln en 1860, antes de que este se postulara para
la presidencia. Volk quería crear un busto de él para añadirlo a su colección de estadistas estadounidenses, pero Lincoln no tenía tiempo para posar. El poeta y editor Richard Watson Gilder, quien poseía una version de la obra en bronce, escribió después del asesinato de
Lincoln: “Este bronce en verdad conserva las formas del rostro de nuestro gran mártir. Sí, es él: esa frente que es toda sabiduría y bondad . . .”.
Provenance:
National Museum of American History (now National Museum of American History); transferred to NPG 1971
Topic:
Mask\Life mask  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Male  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Military\Soldier  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Environmentalist  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Merchant  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Illinois  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government Official\Surveyor  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\State Senator\Illinois  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government Official\Postmaster  Search this
Abraham Lincoln: Crafts and Trades\Boat builder  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the National Museum of American History
Object number:
NPG.71.24
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
America's Presidents (Reinstallation September 2017)
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 240
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm49a4a8ae2-cacf-4258-90b2-79eb96501c3d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.71.24