This authentically detailed bust is a replica of an original sculpture. The overall height of the bust is 7.5″ high. White marble finish over Polyresin.
This sculpture commemorates a man many Americans consider to be one of their greatest
presidents. Abraham Lincoln guided the nation through the Civil War. As
president, this former Illinois lawyer and congressman ensured the strength of
his Republican Party, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and succeeded in the
preservation of the Union. In April 1865, Lincoln’s life ended at the hands of
an assassin, but his hope survived–“that this nation, under God, shall have a
new birth of freedom.”
Born on February 12, 1809 in Kentucky, and having become the 16th President of
the United States, Abraham Lincoln introduced measures that resulted in the
abolition of slavery, issuing his Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and
promoting the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution.
On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in
Washington by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, who somehow thought he was helping
the South. The opposite was the result, for with Lincoln’s death, the
possibility of peace with magnanimity died.
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.