Last week Christopher Eimer asked for assistance in identifying the portrait on this high-relief bronzed electrotype. Here are our readers' thoughts.
Andrew W. Pollack writes:
Possibly Jacob Reese Eckfeldt?
Andrew provided a link to an Eckfeldt image - here it is, side-by-side with Chris Eimer's piece.
Gar Travis writes:
Looks like Jefferson Davis in a younger visage.
David Alexander writes:
Regarding Brother Eimer's electrotype, the facial features and the
little chin beard strongly suggest a young Jefferson Davis, Senator
and Secretary of War before the events at Fort Sumter led to his
service as President of the Confederate States of America. Even if not
Davis, the piece is a marvelous art work in any event.
So two votes for Jeff Davis, President of the Confederacy. I found a Jeff Davis image online, and here it is, side-by-side.
So what do we think now?
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
QUERY: 19TH CENTURY U.S. PORTRAIT IDENTIFICATION SOUGHT
Wayne Homren, Editor
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