A timeless replica of the first U.S. President, originally created by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon in 1785. Houdons bust of President Washington was part of a commission by the Virginia legislature to commemorate this great American. Houdons original work, and a full length sculpture in the Virginia state capitol, are believed by many art historians to be the most authentic rendering of Washington.
In 1784, the Congress of Virginia passed a resolution to have a statue of President Washington made for the State Capitol. Governor Harrison authorized Thomas Jefferson, then Minister to France, to select a European artist he considered worthy of this task. Benjamin Franklin was consulted and the choice fell upon Houdon, the foremost portrait sculptor of his time. In July 1785, Houdon sailed for Philadelphia, accompanied by his friend Franklin and three of his workmen. Advised of the master’s arrival in September of that year, Washington hastened to invite him to Mount Vernon. After two weeks’ work, Houdon took a life mask, other plaster impressions, minute measurements of Washington’s body and sketches back to Paris. His imposing and elegant statue was completed in 1792 and today still adorns the front of the Capitol in Richmond.
Thomas Jefferson was 43 years old when this portrait was made. By that time, he had already drafted the Declaration of Independence, been the Governor of Virginia and ambassador to France, and served in the first Continental Congress. He would go on to become Vice-President under John Adams and then President, serving two consecutive terms. He also founded and designed the University of Virginia before retiring to his beloved Monticello, where the best minds of two continents sought audience with the great sage. He died on July 4th, 1826, 50 years to the day after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
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Thomas Jefferson represents the essence of democracy as he proudly clutches The Declaration of Independence, which he largely penned, in this full-length statue. The original work that immortalizes one of our nation's Founding Fathers was commissioned by an Act of Congress for the United States Capitol. In terms of fame and financial success, Hiram Powers was the dominant American Sculptor of the ninteeneth century, blending classical idealism, physical idealism, and appealing subject matter with moral overtones.
Abigail Adams (1744 - 1818) was the wife of John Adams, who was the second President of the United States, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president. Depite a lack of formal education, Abigail was widely read. She ably managed the household and farm during her husband's frequent absences. The many letters she and her husband wrote to one another are filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics, as well as a testament to their strong and affectionate marriage.
After serving two terms as the first vice president under George Washington, John Adams was elected as the second president of the United States.Adams was an early leader in the American Revolution, starting with his oppositing to the Stamp Act and emerged as a leader in the Continental Congress, advocating independence from Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson called Adams "the pillar of the Declaration's support on the floor of Congress, its ablest advocate and defender against the multifarious assaults it encountered."
John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams served as the sixth president of the United States. John Quincy Adams was a diplomat, involved in many international negotations, and helped formulate the Monroe Doctrine while serving as secretary of state. Adams was elected to the House of Representatives after leaving office, the only president ever to do so. He served in Congress for nine consecutive terms and earned the nickname "Old Man Eloquent" for his frequent and articulate speeches opposing slavery.
Seated Lincoln is the work of sculptor Daniel Chester French, who was taught by May Alcott, sister of the gallant Louisa. French's first commission was The Minute Man for the centennial celebration of the Concort fight. Nearly fifty years separate this initial accomplishment from the completion of his most famous statue, the great marble Lincoln of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Of the many sketches which the artist made between 1912 and 1915, this particular one was selected because a seated figure was through to be appropriate for the inside of the memorial.
Lincoln and Tad
This reproduction of Abraham Lincoln and his son, Tad, is by the sculptor David Frech. The United States Historical Society commissioned the bronze life-sized statue and donated it to the National Park Service. It is located at the Tredegar site of the Civil War Visitor Center in Richmond, Virginia, where the President came in peace "to bind up the nation's wounds" at the end of the Civil War. As a journalist who witnessed the visit reported, the president “came not as a conqueror, not with bitterness in his heart, but with kindness. He came as a friend, to alleviate sorrow and suffering—to rebuild what has been destroyed.
Lincoln and Tad
President Abraham Lincoln and his youngest son Tad came to Richmond, Virginia, on April 4, 1865—three days after the Confederate capital had fallen to Union General Grant’s army. Though weary from the war’s long travails, Lincoln came “to bind up the nation’s wounds.” As a journalist who witnessed the visit reported, the president “came not as a conqueror, not with bitterness in his heart, but with kindness. He came as a friend, to alleviate sorrow and suffering—to rebuild what has been destroyed.”
Lincoln Life Mask
Shortly before winning the Republican nomination for President, Lincoln paid several visits to artist Leonard Wells Volk. Though he found the process of letting wet plaster dry on his face followed by a skin-stretching removal process "anything but agreeable," Lincoln endured it with good humor. Upon seeing the finished product, he declared it, "the animal himself."
This portrait owes its inspiration to the last photograph of the President taken by Alexander Gardner on April 10, 1865. The news of Lee's surrender had reached the White House only hours earlier. The end of the Civil War was imminent, but the strain of the ordeal clearly shows up in the portrait. The sculptor, Leo Cherne, made a thorough study of Lincoln's face which he describes as "a palimpsest of human paradox." The bronze original of this portrait head is at the Lincoln Museum at Washington, D.C.
Shortly before he won the nomination at the Republican Convention in Chicago, May 1860, Lincoln paid several visits to Volk’s studio and gave the sculptor the opportunity to make his life mask as well as his portrait. Although a contemporary bronze cast of the latter was known to exist, its whereabouts were unknown until 1947, when it was discovered in an antique store in New York.
This sculpture is a reproduction of the original piece by Gleb Derujinsky. Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th president, is known for for being a Rough Rider and a teddy bear. He was the first president to ride in a car, a submarine, an airplane, a subway train, and a camel. He won the Nobel Peace prize and swam naked in the Potomac River. He worked tirelessly to conserve land and his legacy lives on in every national park he helped create.
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) is the inventor of the modern detective story, a pioneer of science fiction, and the master of the macabre. His works include such lyric poems as “The Raven” as well as tales of terror like “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado.” The son of traveling actors, Poe was orphaned at the age of two and fostered by Richmond tobacco exporter John Allan. After dropping out of the University of Virginia and being expelled from West Point, Poe began a career as a journalist. By the time of his early and mysterious death at the age of forty, he had become America’s first internationally influential author.
Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States, is regarded by many as one of the greatest Presidents of the 20th century. This bust commemorates "The Gipper" as a man of optimism and vision.
When Benjamin Franklin arrived in Paris in 1776, representing his now independent country, the fame of the septuagenarian as a scientist and statesman, philosopher and publicist, had spread throughout the Western World. Engravings, decorated plates, and miniatures in clay, porcelain, and plaster were nearly mass-produced. No wonder then that Jean-Antoine Houdon, whose works reads like an encyclopedia of the great names of the era, decided to create a portrait of Franklin, who was also his friend.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Jo Davidson was commissioned to create this bust of America's thirty-second president, the only American president to serve more than two terms. Franklin Delano Roosevelt entered the White House in 1933 and immediately tried to tackle the Great Depression. He introduced several new programs to help Americans when they needed it most. He was also president during World War II and, after a long, bloody, and costly war, he led the country to victory. He was, and still is, known for his memorable speeches and fireside chats. He told us "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!" and luckily, we believed him.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) was the pen name for the American born author and humorist Samuel L. Clemens. At age 12, Twain was forced to leave school and begin working due to the death of his father. He began a printer’s apprenticeship at the Hannibal Journal, a newspaper owned by his brother, Orion. Soon, he began contributing articles and humorous sketches. Eventually, Twain journeyed to New Orleans where he found work on the waters of the Mississippi as a licensed river boat captain. It was during this five-year period that Twain met many of the people that served as inspiration for characters in his novels and short stories. Twain wrote and traveled extensively for a number of years before marrying Olivia Langdan in 1870 in Elmira, New York. Later Twain and his wife moved to Hartford, Connecticut where she gave birth to the couples three daughters and he completed his greatest works: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Life on the Mississippi.
Polish pianist and composer Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin was born in 1810 and was already composing music by the time he turned seven. Known as “little Chopin” throughout Warsaw, by age twelve, his piano skills surpassed those of his instructor. By age twenty, Chopin had written some of the world’s best concertos, ballads, and preludes, which he spent the next two decades performing throughout Europe, his considerable talent continuously praised by critics and audiences alike. He died in 1849 from tuberculosis.
John F. Kennedy
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917—November 22, 1963) was the 35th President of the United States of America. He served from 1961 until his assassination in 1963, energizing Americans with his youth and optimism. In his inaugural address, he famously urged the American people to service saying, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Leo Cherne, known as a leading economist, advisor to governments and business institutions, and Executive Director of the Research Institute of America, was a serious artist since an early age. His original Kennedy portrait sculpture can be seen in the National Portrait Gallery.
William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and as the world's greatest dramatist. His body of work consists of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and several other poems. Beyond his impact on the language, Shakespeare is so widely read and performed today because he used his considerable talent to explore the timeless truths about what it means to be human. This portrait bust is the work of an unknown 19th century sculptor. This faithful reproduction is hand-cast and hand-finished in crushed stone resin.
Winston Churchill by Oscar Nemon
Oscar Newmon was born in Yugoslavia in 1906. Being of Jewish faith and fearing the rise of Nazi Germany, Nemon fled Europe for England in 1938. Many of his family members who stayes in Europe died during the Holocaust. He produced busts of several regents and statesmen, but is best known for his sculptures of Sir Winston Churchill. Nemon held Churchill in high regard for his part in ending World War II and created many busts with him as the subject. The original bust was reduced by Nemon for reproduction.
Winston Churchill by Oscar Nemon - in bronze resin
Oscar Nemon called Sir Winston Churchill "one of the most remarkable personalities of all time" and hoped his sculptures of Churchill would be "not merely a likeness, but a biography of his life." Over the years, Nemon created several busts of Churchill. In this piece, Nemon depicted Churchill in his wartime siren suit to commemorate his leadership through World War II when he served as Prime Minister of Great Britain. In addition to being made a Knight of the Garter by Queen Elizabeth II, Churchill also won the Nobel prize in Literature and was the first person to ever be made an honorary citizen of the United States.