Lincoln Mask - Item #663
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.
12 Inches High x 7 Inches Wide x 7 Inches Deep
This life-cast of Abraham Lincoln was created in 1860. Chicago-based sculptor Leonard Volk (1828-1895) first asked Lincoln to sit for him in 1858 when they met during Lincoln's senatorial campaign against Stephen Douglas. Douglas was the cousin of Volk's wife who also supported Volk's travel to Rome for two years of study. Lincoln, who lost the election, was not able to meet with Volk until two years later when he was acting as a lawyer in Chicago for a court case. Instead of requiring numerous sittings of Lincoln, the sculptor started by making a life-mask which he would use to create a bust. He would later sculpt other versions of the bust as well, including Item #44. According to Volk's recounting of his encounters with Lincoln, Lincoln declared the bust a picture of "the animal himself." Volk's mask of Lincoln was used by other artists for reference as well. The mask, as well as the one created by Clark Mills of Lincoln in 1865, has given us an unmistakable record of the 16th president's face. The rectangular backing of the cast is inscribed with "LINCOLN IN 1860," "MASK," and another but illegible word.
Artist: Leonard Volk
Museum: The National Museum of American History
Time Period: Modern- 1860
1911 Catalog ID # - 13526
"Abraham Lincoln." Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, http://www.npg.si.edu/exh/travpres/lincs.htm.
Byrd, Cecil K. "Some Notes on Thomas D. Jones, Sculptor of Lincoln." The Indiana University Bookman, no. 2, November 1957, pp. 27-28. IUScholarWorks, https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/bookman/article/view/3737.
"Casts of Abraham Lincoln's Face and Hands." Smithsonian/ The National Museum of American History, http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_1368279.
"Leonard Volk." Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Volk.
"Life Mask of Abraham Lincoln." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/19445.
Volk, Leonard W. "The Lincoln Life-Mask and How it Was Made." Century Magazine, 1881. Internet Archive, https://archive.org/details/lincolnlifemask00volk.