Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

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Painted plaster
Overall: 31 1/2 x 10 x 11 1/2 in. ( 80 x 25.4 x 29.2 cm )
Signature: incised on back of upper base: "D.C. French" inscriptions: on the right side of base"NT69.38.81"
Portrait bust: One of several models for bronze for the Hall of Fame at New York University, New York City; on the base are images of ravens, the mysterious bird of Poe's famous poem; spinach-green stippled to resemble patinated bronze, s-shape construction of head, shoulders and upper and lower base; head and gaze of man in prime turned slightly to left; hair parted on left falling in curling waves over top of ears, wide forehead, horizontal brow; long nose with neatly trimmed moustache on short upper lip; wearing wide bow tie, collared shirt, and collarless overcoat buttoned at neck and open beneath, revealing bloused shirt; tricornered upper base, perpendicular front with low-relief of wreath encircling open book surmounting arabian lamp, flanked by raven and cat in profile to represent Poe's stories.
Gallery Label: 
French's portrait bust of Poe was one of several he modeled for the Hall of Fame at New York University, where the original in bronze can be seen.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. William Penn Cresson
Mrs. William Penn Cresson, daughter of the artist
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group