Abraham Lincoln, Rare Bronze Life Mask by Clark Mills
Original bronze life mask of Lincoln by Clark Mills (1810-1883) taken on his last birthday, February 12, 1865. Lincoln previously had another life mask executed by Volk in 1860. Signed on the back, Clark Mills. Approx. 11 x 8 x 7.5 in.
Mills' casts are quite rare, with only two plasters of it being offered at auction (Ostendorf and Treadway Toomay). This bronze predates the two plaster casts as well as the one housed in the Smithsonian. This example has the unbroken nostril and complete ears while the other examples do not. Unlike the later plasters, this bronze life mask is signed by the artist. The consignor relates that this example is possibly from the estate of Clark Mills, cast by his two sons.
Mills is best known for his bronze statue of Andrew Jackson on horseback located in President's Park, situated on the north portico side of the White House.