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George Bissell, Abraham Lincoln: The Emancipator Bronze Bust

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George Bissell modeled this bust of Abraham Lincoln after the Lincoln statue standing atop the Scottish American Soldier’s Monument in Old Calton Burial Ground, Edinburgh, Scotland. The monument was dedicated in 1893 and later replicated at Clermont, Iowa, c1903.

Although the full, standing versions are impressive (see below), the bust version provides a detailed focus to Lincoln’s face. It also showcases Bissell’s ability to capture the emotions of his subject.

Bissell learned sculpting in his father’s marble business, following Civil War service with the 23rd Connecticut and as a Navy paymaster.

Among his other important public works is the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Waterbury, CT.

Bissell, George Edwin (American; 1839-1920) Hollow-cast Bronze Bust Portrait, from “Lincoln: The Emancipator”.  9” including ½” stepped base. Verso bears artist’s signature as well as a foundry mark. Produced in the “lost wax” method.