George E. Bissell, The Emancipator, Bronze Statuette, Signed, 16 1/2″


Bissell’s The Emancipator, in the Richly Detailed 16″ Format

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Modeled after his life-sized, commissioned Emancipation Group in Edinburgh, Scotland, dedicated in 1893 (with a replica in Clermont, Iowa c1903). Bissell had served with the 23rd Connecticut Inf. until 1863, when he was appointed an asst. paymaster in the navy. He joined his father’s marble business after the war and was put to work on life-sized statues, where he learned his craft. While studying in Europe, he produced this and his famous Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument for Waterbury, Ct.

This sized-down version shows Bissell’s ability to capture the personality of his subjects, and to render them in both a compelling and a delicate fashion. 

One of the best features of this statue is the way the Emancipation Proclamation is rendered. Words are very clearly incised, along with the solid “A. Lincoln” on the base. Even the seal on the Emancipation Proclamation is clearly decipherable! The piece illustrates sculptor’s knack for presenting his subjects in a compelling yet delicately accomplished manner.

With its rich dark-brown patina, this striking — even heroic statuette is remarkably stirring with its “presence.” Perfect for a desk, and wonderful to even hold. Other sizes are available. 

Bissell, George Edwin. ABRAHAM LINCOLN “THE EMANCIPATOR;” Bronze Statuette 16-1/2 inches. Signed “George E. Bissell / Sc / Copyright 1898 / Gorham Co.” (N.Y.), with the Gorham stock number. Produced in the desirable lost-wax method of the 19th century.