John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum
Study of the Head of George Washington for Mount Rushmore, circa 1925-30
Signed indistinctly Gutzon Borglum / Rushmore on the back
6 3/8 x 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches
Mrs. Henry L. (Lucy) Moses, New York, until 1958
Gift of the above, acc. 58.165
Thayer Tolles, ed., American Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2001, vol. 2, no. 223, p. 500, illus.
This small head of George Washington is thought to have been modeled in wax by Gutzon Borglum in preparation for his mammoth portrait of the Revolutionary War hero, the earliest of four heads of American presidents that he carved out of the cliffs of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The figure of Washington was the first of the four likenesses to be completed. Borglum later produced a limited edition of heads cast in glass by the Corning Glass Company, Corning, New York. Based on early small-scale models, these are nearly identical to the present work in detail and scale.
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