Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
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.
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.
Gift of Mrs. William Penn Cresson
Mrs. William Penn Cresson, daughter of the artist
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