POMPEO COPPINI - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/06/1924 - HFSID 190045
Sale Price $414.00
A letter from the Italian sculptor to a reverend written on grey stationery
Autograph letter signed: "Pompeo Coppini" in black ink on grey paper. 1 page 8½x11. New York City, May 6, 1924. On personal letterhead addressed to "My Dear Doctor:-", in full: "On my return to the city I take delight in answering your flattering request of April the 18th- I am not a famous man- nor half as big as I dream to be- but not modest enough to try to keep away from the good company you intend to place me with- Very sincerely yours". Pompeo Coppini (1870-1957) was an Italian born sculptor who emigrated to the United States in 1896. Although his works can be found in Italy, Mexico and a number of American states, the majority of his work can be found in Texas. He is particularly famous for the Alamo Plaza work "Spirit of Sacrifice" aka The Alamo Cenotaph, as well as numerous statues honoring Texas heroes. In 1931, Italy decorated Coppini with the Commendatore of the Order of the Crown of Italy for his contribution to art in America. The Texas Centennial Committee awarded Coppini the 1934 commission to design the Texas Centennial Half Dollar. One of Coppini's best works, as stated by the artist, is the bronze sculpture of John Reagan, former U.S. Senator from Palestine, Texas, located in that city's Reagan Park (1911), featuring the personification of the "Lost Cause of the Confederacy" seated at the base of the monument. Toned. Normal mailing folds. Light creases throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.
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