Sculptor Gutzon Borglum (American, 1867–1941), a close friend of Auguste Rodin, is best known for his colossal sculptures at Mount Rushmore and his six-ton marble bust of President Abraham Lincoln, on display in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. In the collection of the New-York Historical Society is a bronze statuette of Lincoln that Borglum (who named his son Lincoln) made in 1912. It may have been a competition model for the statue of Lincoln for Cincinnati’s Lytle Park. Though Borglum was not awarded that commission, the statuette magnificently captures the distinctive features of the president’s face. Laser-scanning technology was used to precisely reproduce the original in bonded bronze, and an artist has then patinated the model by hand.
Reproduced in cooperation with the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Bonded bronze, hand patinated. Height: 11 in; width: 5 1/2 in; depth: 6 in; including base.