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George Bissell, Abraham Lincoln: The Emancipator Bronze Statuette (Smaller)

A Handsome and Evocative Lincoln Image


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George Bissell modeled this statuette 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.

Lincoln is shown holding the Emancipation Proclamation in his right hand. The statuette’s large size allowed Bissell to incise that title and Lincoln’s name on the “paper.” It displays well the sculptor’s knack for presenting his subjects in a compelling yet delicately accomplished manner.

Three desk-top versions of this full-figure Lincoln were subsequently produced by Bissell at the famous Gorham Company foundry of New York, this being the largest, most impressive, and certainly the scarcest.

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.

With its rich, dark-brown patina, this striking — even heroic — statuette is remarkably stirring with its “presence.”

We have a larger one, too.

Bissell, George Edwin (American; 1839-1920) Hollow-cast Bronze Statuette of “Lincoln: The Emancipator.” 5″ plus ½” stepped base, which bears incised sculptor’s name and 1898 copyright; Gorham Co. foundry mark stamped on the side.Produced in the desirable “lost wax” method.