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Thomas Dow Jones (1808-1881). Abraham Lincoln. 1861. Plaster.

Thomas Dow Jones, a portrait sculptor and medalist, was commissioned by the Ohio Republican Party to make a marble bust of Abraham Lincoln. The artist traveled to Springfield, Illinois, where the president-elect sat for him on several occasions. Jones completed his work in February 1861, just before Lincoln embarked on his inaugural journey to Washington, D.C. This is a plaster copy of the marble original, the first sculpture to show Lincoln with a beard. This bust was acquired by Harvard College sometime before 1867 and was on display for many years in Gore Hall, the building that housed the College Library until 1913.

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