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  Senate Vice Presidential Bust Collection

 George M. Dallas
(Modeled 1893, Carved 1893) by Henry Jackson Ellicott
 
 George M. Dallas 

Henry Jackson Ellicott won the Senate's commission for a portrait bust of George Mifflin Dallas for the Vice Presidential Bust Collection. The artist was born in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, a descendant of Marylander Andrew Ellicott, who surveyed the national capital city for George Washington in 1791. Henry Ellicott studied at the National Academy of Design under Emanuel Leutze (famous for his painting Washington Crossing the Delaware) and was recognized particularly for monuments and military statuary. Among his well-known works are the equestrian statues of Civil War General George B. McClellan in Philadelphia and Winfield Scott Hancock in Washington, D.C. In 1889 Ellicott moved to Washington, where he became chief modeler and sculptor for the federal government. The Dallas bust was created during the spring of 1893, received soon after at the U.S. Capitol, and placed on view in a niche at the gallery level of the Senate Chamber.


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