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Christopher Columbus

ca. 1893 Unidentified plaster 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle 1972.167.75 Not currently on view

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Research has not revealed the purpose for which this plaster design  was created. It was likely created around 1893, when the Chicago World’s Fair celebrated four hundred years of European presence in the New World. Throughout the 1890s, images of Columbus appeared across the country to commemorate the nation’s beginnings.


Occupation - other - explorer

Portrait male - Columbus, Christopher - full length

sculpture - medal