OREGON TRAIL mcm bronze cowboy statue vtg western seattle art sculpture memorial For Sale
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OREGON TRAIL mcm bronze cowboy statue vtg western seattle art sculpture memorial:
Avard Tennyson Fairbanks (1897-1987)Original1/4 scale lost-wax cast bronze. Numbered 1/50 (1st of *3). Signedand dated 1950. Subject is the State of Washington's most historicfigure: frontiersman, Dr. Marcus Whitman (Oregon Trail, Whitman massacre, Whitman college).
Avard cast3 life-size Whitman statues and 3 of thesesmaller 27" statues.The 3 life size statuesare locatedat The National Statuary Hall within rotundaof TheU.S. Capital Building in Washington D.C., the rotunda of The State Capital Buildingin Olympia, Washingtonandthe 3rd isat Whitman College inWalla Walla, Washington.
This27" bronze is arguably Washington State's mosthistorically significantpiece of Art that is still in private hands.
This statue isnumbered 1/50 but authoritiesconfirm that only*3 (27") 1/4 scale statueswere ever actually cast,this being the very 1st cast. The family has confirmed that this statue was cast by Avard (not one of his descendants). The three 1/4 scale statues (cast circa. 1979) were given to personsinvolved in the life-size statue's placement within the rotunda of The State Capital Buildingin Olympia. Included is the original Press Release from THE OREGONIAN (photo w/ description on back) forthe Olympiaplacement on October 9th 1980.Also included isthe book (printed by the U.S. government) documenting the 1st life size statue's placement within the rotunda of The U.S. Capital Building in Washington D.C. in 1953.
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