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William John Coffee (1774 - 1846)

Lot 1368: An American Polychrome Painted Plaster Bust

Neal Auction Company

November 23, 2014
New Orleans, LA, US

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An American Polychrome Painted Plaster Bust of General Winfield Scott (1786-1866), late 19th/early 20th c., after the original by William John Coffee (American, 1774-1846), inscribed on "WmJ Coffee/ Sculpture/ N.y." on rear truncation, height 29 Note: Winfield Scott was a general and national war hero. He fought in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, the Mexican-American War, the Second Seminole War, and the American Civil War. Scott served as the Commanding General of the United States Army longer than any other general, and ran against Franklin Pierce in the 1852 presidental election. In 1870, Scott's outstanding service to his country was commemorated on the 24 cent postage stamp, which was engraved after the bust by William Coffee offered here. References: American Historical Record 2:13 (1873): p. 427.

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