Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Mask - Item #253
Each piece is custom finished. Depending on a sculpture’s texture and level of detail, the look of a patina can vary. A slight variation in color from order-to-order is to be expected.
Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
14.5 Inches High x 13 Inches Wide x 6.5 Inches Deep
This piece is from the bust of Longfellow. The striking, white marble bust of the great American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was unveiled in March of 1884, two years after his death, in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey in London. Longfellow was the first American to receive this honor. His grave can be found in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sculptor Sir Thomas Brock (1847-1922) depicted Longfellow wearing a toga to represent the honorary Doctorate of Letters that Oxford University presented to him in the late 1860s. A plaster or marble replica of the original marble was presented to Harvard University by King Edward VII, then Prince of Wales. From this replica, through the courtesy of Harvard President Charles William Eliot (president from 1869-1909), our predecessor P.P. Caproni and Brother was allowed to make a mold. The company offered the reproduction for sale in its first catalog published in 1894. The Caproni Collection (formerly the Giust Gallery) created the mask from its antique Caproni plaster bust in 2018.
Artist: Thomas Brock
Location: Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey, London
Time Period: Modern, 1884
"The Bust of Longfellow." The Harvard Crimson, 23 Jan. 1885. The Harvard Crimson, Inc., http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1885/1/23/the-bust-of-longfellow-the-two/.
"Charles William Eliot." Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_William_Eliot.
Daly, David. "English Longfellow Memorial Association Book." National Park Service: Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site, 1 Jan. 2013, par. 1, https://www.nps.gov/long/blogs/english-longfellow-memorial-association-book.htm.
The Dean and Chapter of Westminster. "Henry Wadsworth Longfellow." Westminster Abbey, 2018, http://www.westminster-abbey.org/our-history/people/henry-wadsworth-longfellow.
The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica, "Sir Thomas Brock." Encyclopædia Britannica, 22 Feb. 2018, https://www.britannica.com/biography/Thomas-Brock.
"Henry Wadsworth Longfellow." Poetry Foundation, 2018, par. 26, https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/henry-wadsworth-longfellow.