Attributed to Frederick Elliott Hart (American/Georgia, 1943-1999) resin maquette for his 7 ft marble sculpture of U.S. Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr., commissioned for the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. and unveiled 1996. The senator from Hart's home state of Georgia is depicted standing in a three piece suit and tie, with one hand in coat pocket and the other slightly extended, palm forward. Base inscribed RICHARD B RUSSELL JR SENATOR FROM GEORGIA 1933-1971. Unsigned. 17 3/8" H x 4 1/2" W x 3 1/2" D. Circa 1995. Note: A member of the Democratic Party, Richard Russell (1897-1971) served as the 66th Governor of Georgia from 1931 to 1933 before serving in the United States Senate for almost 40 years, from 1933 until his death in 1971. Artist biography (From the U.S. Senate Art Collection): "Frederick Hart is known for his monumental public commissions and his graceful, figurative sculptures. Born in Atlanta, the artist studied at the University of South Carolina, and the Corcoran School of Art and American University in Washington, D.C. Hart began to learn the skill of stonecutting in 1967 at the National Cathedral. By 1974 he had won an international competition to create a series of sculptures for the main entrance of the cathedral. The works, three life-size statues and three relief panels, later came to be known as the Creation Sculptures. In 1984 Hart's bronze figurative sculpture entitled Three Soldiers was dedicated as part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Other notable works by the artist include The Cross of the Millennium, a clear acrylic resin sculpture simultaneously representing the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ; the James Earl Carter Presidential Statue, a larger-than-life bronze on the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta; the Fauquier County Veterans Memorial in Virginia; and a bronze portrait bust of James Webb at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The artist is further represented in the Senate by a bronze bust of Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina. Although Hart was awarded a third Senate commission for a marble bust of former Vice President Dan Quayle, he died in 1999 before he could complete the sculpture." Provenance: Private Atlanta area collection. CONDITION: 1/16" chip to tip of subject's nose and 1/16" dark mark to lip; 1/8" chip to lower edge of base, otherwise excellent condition.
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