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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
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Thomas Dow Jones, 11 Dec 1811 - 27 Feb 1881
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
cast after 1861 original
Painted plaster
83.5cm (32 7/8"), Accurate
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Commissioned by Cincinnatians to sculpt a bust of president-elect Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Dow Jones arrived in Springfield, Illinois, in the bitter cold of December 1860, promising his prospective sitter that he “was not to be assassinated through the custom of some sculptors in taking a cast of the face.” Jones was referring to a recent plaster face mask made of Lincoln that had hardened, making its removal a painful experience. Although initially turned down, Jones prevailed upon Lincoln to sit for him in a hotel room he rented as a studio. Given a peek at the work before its completion, Lincoln said, “I think it looks very much like the critter.”
(Kennedy Galleries), New York; purchased NPG 1974
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