Bust of Abraham Lincoln
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Nations Divided, 1860–1910
This portrait bust of President Abraham Lincoln was derived from the full-length standing portrait completed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens in 1887 for Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Saint-Gaudens based Lincoln’s likeness on plaster life casts of the president’s head.
The sculptor was inspired by Lincoln’s landmark 1860 speech at Cooper Union in New York, in which the future president declared that the founders would have opposed the expansion of slavery into new American territories. In this speech Lincoln also made famous the phrase “Let us have faith that right makes might.”
28 x 17 x 14 in. (71.1 x 43.2 x 35.6 cm)
124.5 lb. (56.47kg) (show scale)
Foundry mark inscribed on back along bottom: "KUNSt FOUNDRY. N.Y."
Inscribed under shoulder of proper left side: "A. SAINT GAUDENS. / © 1922."
Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, born Ireland, 1848-1907). Bust of Abraham Lincoln, 1922. Bronze, 28 x 17 x 14 in. (71.1 x 43.2 x 35.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 23.257. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 23.257_SL1.jpg)
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Portrait bust of Abraham Lincoln with head tipped downward; has furrowed brow and somber expression; wears a bowtie, suit jacket, and coat; on a pedestal base; naturalistic representation.
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