These extraordinary bookends, made almost 100 years ago, celebrate a quiet moment of a father spending time with his son. The father is President Abraham Lincoln and he is reading to his youngest son, Tad, who would have been about 10 or 11 years old at the time. The bookends were sculpted by artist Olga Popoff Muller as a special commission for the New York Decorative Arts League in 1922. She based the composition on a well-known photo by pioneering photographic portraitist Matthew Brady (taken in 1864). I have not been able to find much information about the sculptress, Olga Popoff Muller—a surprise considering the quality of her work as shown in these bookends. She was born in New York City in 1883 and died in Leonia, NJ in 1980. She studied in Paris, Russia and Munich and exhibited in America and in Europe.
This being Father's Day, I'll avoid the stories of tragedy which befell both Abraham and Tad Lincoln. Instead, we will enjoy their quiet moment together. Please click on the photo above to learn more about these special bookends.
Happy Father's Day!
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