Noble, William Clark. Abraham Lincoln Bronze Bust
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Noble, William Clark (1858–1938; American Sculptor). Bronze Bust of Abraham Lincoln, circa 1909 NY: Roman Bronze Works, produced in the lost wax method with a rich chocolate tone. Based on Alexander Hesler’s 1860 photo (O-27). Bronze bust portion is approximately: 23” high; 16” wide; 9-1/2” deep; sitting on a black granite base of 6-1/2 inches square. Overall height is 29 1/2 inches. Accompanied with an original photograph of Noble standing next to the present bust.
Noble studied with Horatio Greenough and Lorado Taft and is best known for his monuments, he also did quite credible work on historical busts, and also statuary, where he specialized in military figures.
His most famous monumental sculptures include the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Newport, the Phillips Brooks Monument in New York, and the portrait bust of General Potter owned by the Chamber of Commerce of New York. For the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of St. Louis in 1904 he produced monumental sculptures representing Napoleon Bonaparte, Thomas Jefferson, and Anthony Wayne. These statues lined Theodore Roosevelt’s inaugural parade route in Washington, DC.
He is represented in numerous museums around the country. His Civil War pieces include the statue of Governor Andrew Curtin in the Pennsylvania State Memorial in Gettysburg, the 50th Pennsylvania Vol. Reserve Inf. Monument and the 100th Pennsylvania Vol. Inf. “Roundheads” Monument, both at Antietam.
In the photograph, Noble is pictured next to the bust. At the time of the photo, the bust had a different base and had not yet aged enough to acquire the chocolate patina it bears today.