Colossal State in Plaster of Abraham Lincoln, (sculpture)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
A colossal statue in plaster of Abraham Lincoln, by Mezzara was placed in a very bad light and position to be seen to the best advantage. . . . There has been much said about this last work by Mezzara, and all that we have heard has been on one side. We propose in this place briefly to tell both sides of the story--to speak of its merits as well as of its faults. The ideas of the artist engrafted in the work are truthful to the character of Mr. Lincoln and the history of his time. He is represented with the left arm extended, . . . reading out and proclaiming freedom to the slave. The right arm falling by his side, with the half-opened hand covering and shielding with its protection a scroll representing the Constitution of his country. Under his right foot are allegorical images of Slavery and Rebellion; on the Tree of Life, by which he stands, is a representation of Union. The cast is well finished, as may be seen by the photograph taken before it was placed on exhibition at the Pavilion, . . . The lines of the costume, and some points of the figure are too sharp and angular, and the left arm too long. The attitude is dramatic . . . but the expression of the head and face is fine, and, we should judge, a good likeness. It is a bold attempt to produce a colossal statue, clothed in modern costume. . . . We recommend a special premium. Awarded a gold medal. [P. 66.]
Report of the Fifth Industrial Exhibition of the Mechanics' Institute of the City of San Francisco, held at the Pavilion of the Institute, from the 10th of August to the 9th of September, A.D. 1865. San Francisco: Mining and Scientific Press Book and Job Printing Office. No. 505 Clay Street, corner of Sansome. 1865.