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    Stunning Large Lincoln Bronze Sculpture This beautiful and substantial work of art stands 22" high on a base measuring 15" x 11 1/2", but its great mass makes it seem even larger! It depicts Abraham Lincoln as an adolescent, seated on a tree stump. He grasps an axe in one hand and a copy of "Life of Washington -- Weems" in the other. This symbolizes two of the enduring legends surrounding this American icon...the self-taught youth and splitter of rails. It is titled on the base, "The Youth of Lincoln." The artist signed one side of the base "Ames Van Wart, Scr." Van Wart's work, "The War of 1870," is represented in the Collection of the 7th Regiment Armory in New York City. The other side of the base is inscribed, "'Inspired of God' - Henry Watterson. F. Barbedienne, Foundeur." Henry Watterson was the editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal. A former Confederate soldier and Democrat, he advocated reconciliation between the North and South and condemned the Ku Klux Klan. F. Barbedienne was a famous French foundry of bronze artworks, whose name was and is synonymous with quality. The inclusion of Watterson's quote is particularly poignant, especially in that it did not represent the popular view of Lincoln held in the South. Superb quality and certainly one of the finest Lincoln bronzes extant. Circa 1890-1910.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2005
    22nd-23rd Wednesday-Thursday
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