Bissell, George E. Abraham Lincoln White Plaster Bust
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George E. Bissell. Abraham Lincoln Bust. White Plaster. 27″ x 14″ (sight).
This statuette is modeled after Bissell’s life-sized Lincoln in Edinburgh, Scotland on the Scottish-American Soldier’s Monument. It was dedicated in 1893; and later replicated at Clermont, Iowa, c1903. Among Bissell’s other important public works is the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Waterbury, Ct.
Taken from a mold off an original bronze in the Chicago History Museum’s collection. This same mold was used to make the bronze replica in the stateroom of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln.
Minor soiling, minor chipping, else good.
George Bissell (1839-1920) was a Civil War veteran, serving with the 23rd CT. and as a Navy paymaster with the South Atlantic squadron. Bissell had originally learned sculpting in his father’s marble business and post-war rejoined his father and specialized in public monuments, crafting life-sized statues. Among his other important public works is the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Waterbury, CT. and the bronze statue of General Gates on the Saratoga battleground at Schuylerville, NY. Bissell also produced the first Lincoln sculpture erected outside the United States, the well-known (and copied) Emancipation Group (1893) in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Bissell was responsible for Hospitality for the Pan-American Exposition and “both Science and Music for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, winning the silver medal for the latter.
He was known as “Père Bissell” by the younger sculptors who knew him.
Sculptor Loredo Taft stated, Bissell’s work “would seem incredible were it not for the fact that (he) had kept abreast the work of other recognized master sculptors by visiting them frequently and constantly associating with other of skill and attainment. He is a true artist deeply interested in the personalities of his subjects.”