Description: Acclaimed American sculptor Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) penned the last lines of Longfellow’s “Gaspar Becerra”: “That is best which lieth nearest, Shape from that thy work of art” on this folded sheet of paper imprinted: “The Autograph Collection of Howes Norris, Jr.”. French further signs his name and inscribes the date below the quotation. Apparently, Howes Norris, Jr. was an avid autograph collector who had special stationery printed on which to solicit autographs from notable figures.
Daniel Chester French is most famous for his monumental sculpture of a seated President Lincoln that resides at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. He also designed the side of the Pulitzer medal that features Benjamin Franklin, the infamous John Harvard statue at Harvard University, and The Four Continents at the Alexander Hamilton Custom House in New York.
Written on the first page of a folded sheet of paper that measures 6 7/8” x 8 ¾” when unfolded. Item #A00884.
Condition: Fold line, minimal mounting remnants on blank verso, light toning, otherwise in very good condition and an excellent example of French’s neat script.