GUTZON BORGLUM - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 172164
Sale Price $1,020.00
Sepia-toned, and rather morbid, photo of an ass-headed gargoyle, signed "A Merry Christmas to you" by sculptor Gutzon Borglum
Inscribed photograph signed "A Merry Christmas/to you/Gutzon Borglum" and, on verso, "Ms. Eaton". B/w sepia-toned, 5x3½ image, 8 ½ x 6 ½ overall (one surface), mounted to a 10x7¾ card. Borglum (1867-1941, born John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum in St. Charles, Idaho), already famous for creating the great head of Lincoln in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, was commissioned to begin work on a "shrine of democracy" in 1927. After selecting Mount Rushmore as its site, he began work on 60-foot-high heads of Presidents George Washington (unveiled in 1930), Thomas Jefferson (1936), Abraham Lincoln (1937) and Theodore Roosevelt (1939), chosen to represent epic symbols of America. Borglum, who developed innovative stone-working methods to accomplish the massive project, died in 1941, leaving his son Lincoln to complete the finishing details. Lightly toned, soiled, silvered, creased, rippled and bowed. Light scratches, cracks and tears on image. Light tear in lower left corner of photo. Mounting card is missing both left corners and has rounded right corners.
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