I received a note from George that states the following:
I used Walter’s 1857 drawing to recreate the chair first in clay then in bronze. I created the bronze larger than the original, it is proportionately 25% larger in every way. A fun and yet tedious project. We often sat in the chair while it was in the studio, despite it being metal, it was quite comfortable to sit in. I chose to tuft the seat and back as the original drawing, though I found some documentation that suggested that Meigs may not have liked the tufted versions. I too found many chairs with slightly different carving details. I also included wheels, many existing chairs have been modified to remove the wheels.
I plan to do the chair as a stand alone piece.
I am attaching two images, one of a close up in clay and on of the finished monument.
George is planning to do another bronze of the chair alone to sell and raise funds for a 501(c)(3) arts organization which he has founded. If you are interested in owning the bronze, please contact us for more information.
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