John Gutzon de la Mothe-Borglum, designer’s initials are HMC or similar, nd, 7.3 by 9.3 cm. Used, very good with paper remnants on verso. A charming armorial woodcut for the creator of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Borglum (1867-1941) led an interesting life. The child of Danish immigrants and Mormon polygamy, Borglum studied under William Keith in Los Angeles, as well as the Acadèmie Julian in Paris. He sold a sculpture to New York’s Museum of Modern Art—the first sculpture by a living American the museum had ever purchased—created a bust of Lincoln for the White House and a statue of Thomas Paine to stand in Paris, and began work on the infamous Stone Mountain Confederate memorial in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The Ku Klux Klan were major financial backers of the monument and while Borglum became sympathetic to the Klan, he eventually abandoned the project on rather poor terms. It was Mount Rushmore that would, inadvertently, memorialize the life of Borglum. He spent the remainder of his days overseeing the project, interspersed with fund-raising tours and side projects, with the final touches added by his son, Lincoln Borglum, after his death.
Title: John Gutzon de la Mothe-Borglum Bookplate (Ex Libris)
Categories: Bookplates (Ex Libris),
Book Condition: Very Good
Seller ID: 2427