“We are pleased to add this beautiful piece of art to our collection. It is particularly appropriate addition seeing as how Southern California artist Merrell Gage also designed the bas reliefs which adorn the fountains in front of our Lincoln Memorial Shrine (pictured right). I’m certain our visitors’ understanding of Lincoln’s legacy will be enhanced by viewing Gage’s impressive artistry.”
Don McCue is the Director of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine Museum of Redlands, CA. The institution acquired the Face of Lincoln bronze by Robert Merrell Gage in January, 2020. McCue is pictured here accepting the treasure from Clell Hamm of the North Carolina Gallery of Fine Art.
“Long lost and too-long neglected, the Gage Lincoln bronze is a haunting and powerful three dimensional portrait of the pre-White House Lincoln. On one level a skillful interpretation of the iconic life mask, it somehow conveys more than a mere mold, and invites us into Lincoln’s very essence.”
– HAROLD HOLZER, winner of The 2015 Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln Prize, is one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, and frequent guest on television, Holzer served for six years (2010–2016) as Chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation. For the previous 10 years he co-chaired the U. S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), appointed by President Clinton. President Bush awarded Holzer the National Humanities Medal in 2008. And in 2013, Holzer wrote an essay on Lincoln for the official program at the re-inauguration of President Obama. He is now co-chairman of The Lincoln Forum and a Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Order Mr. Holzer’s latest book about the Lincoln Memorial here: Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French
“With Washburn University’s start as Lincoln College and Robert Merrell Gage’s representation in the Mulvane collection, the acquisition of the bronze mask of Abraham Lincoln by Gage presents a unique opportunity. It will remain forever as an important part of our permanent collection and as a tribute to the history and values of Washburn University.”
– Connie Gibbons, Director, Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS
“As a collector of all things related to Abraham Lincoln for almost 70 years, especially works of art, I am delighted to own bronze # 9 of Robert Merrell Gage’s Face of Lincoln – and what a face it is! This portrayal of Abraham Lincoln by one of the best American sculptors is Lincoln portraiture at his best. Seen from different angles, the bust of Lincoln conveys the many moods and challenges in Lincoln’s life. Soon it will join over 30,000 books, artwork and ephemera of The Frank & Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana at Mississippi State University which we donated in 2017.“
Frank J. Williams is the Founding Chair of The Lincoln Forum
President of The Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and Association
Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island
Author of Judging Lincoln, Lincoln as Hero and Lincoln’s Deathbed in Art and Memory
*All testimonials are uncompensated