• Creator
  • Rare Book and Special Collections Library
  • Description
  • Life mask of Abraham Lincoln created by the sculptor Leonard Wells Volk in 1860. In 1855, Stephen A. Douglas introduced Volk to Lincoln, who sat for a life mask by Volk in 1860, shortly before the presidential nomination. The Lincoln mask shown here is an early copy made by Volk. After display in Boston in 1899, it was purchased by Henry Theodore Thomas, who presented it in 1909 to the Zeta Psi fraternity at the University of Illinois, the fir... more
    Life mask of Abraham Lincoln created by the sculptor Leonard Wells Volk in 1860. In 1855, Stephen A. Douglas introduced Volk to Lincoln, who sat for a life mask by Volk in 1860, shortly before the presidential nomination. The Lincoln mask shown here is an early copy made by Volk. After display in Boston in 1899, it was purchased by Henry Theodore Thomas, who presented it in 1909 to the Zeta Psi fraternity at the University of Illinois, the first Zeta Psi chapter in the state. Just before Abraham Lincoln secured the presidential nomination of the Republican Party on May 18, 1860, Volk asked to do his portrait. He knew that Lincoln would be unable to sit often in his Chicago studio so he decided to make a life mask instead. His bust of Lincoln was based on the life mask. Government in Illinois Choosing the Lincoln Statue. 14 Political systems 16 History. less
  • Format
  • Lincoln_mask.jpg
  • Rights
  • Image courtesy of the Illinois History and Lincoln Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For educational use only; may not be used for any non-educational or commercial purpose.