LEONARD CRUNELLE JR. - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 06/01/1936 - HFSID 140269
LEONARD CRUNELLE, JR. ANS: "Leonard Crunelle" in pencil, 4½x3 album leaf. No place, but probably Chicago, 1936 June 1. To unknown recipient. In full: "I appreciate your visit to the Studio.
Sale Price $72.00
LEONARD CRUNELLE, JR. ANS: "Leonard Crunelle" in pencil, 4½x3 album leaf. No place, but probably Chicago, 1936 June 1. To unknown recipient. In full: "I appreciate your visit to the Studio." Signed just four months before Crunelle's mentor, sculptor Lorado Taft died on October 1, 1936. Leonard Crunelle (1872-1944), who was born in Lens, France, worked in the coal mines before attending a lecture by noted Chicago sculptor Lorado Taft (1860-1936). He became a student of Taft's at the Art Institute of Chicago and was mentored by the sculptor. Upon Taft's death in 1936, Crunelle, who worked in bronze and marble, completed Taft's statue of George Washington, Robert Morris and Haym Salomon in Chicago's Heald Square (This Great Triumvirate was dedicated in 1941). Crunelle's best known work is Bird Woman, a statue of Sakakawea (using the Indian guide's granddaughter, Mink Woman, as the model) that was recast in 2003 and is now displayed in the U.S. Statuary Hall in the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Shaded at signature and writing (all legible). Stained at lower margin. Pencil notes (unknown hand) beneath signature. Nicked at blank left edge from removal from bound book. Overall, fine condition.
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