"the most extraordinarily good portrait of my father I have ever seen": Photograph by Gutzon Borglum of the Bust of Lincoln; Signed by Him
Gutzon Borglum Signed Photograph of a Bust of Abraham Lincoln.
Borglum, Gutzon (Abraham Lincoln).$2,500.00
Item Number: 87608
Photograph signed and dated “Gutzon Borglum 1907.” The photograph taken by Borglum shows his marble bust of Abraham Lincoln. On February 6, 1908, the President’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln, wrote to Borglum regarding the bust as, “the most extraordinarily good portrait of my father I have ever seen.” The sculpture is on display in the Crypt of the U.S. Capitol Building. A typed Lincoln quotation pasted to mount at lower left. In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 inches by 17.5 inches.
Sculptor Gutzon Borglum designed and oversaw the execution of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial from 1927 to 1941 with the assistance of his son, Lincoln Borglum. Conceived by South Dakota historian Doane Robinson, the 60-foot sculpture was initially intended to promote tourism in the Black Hills Region of South Dakota.