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 Sarah Fisher Clampitt Ames  (1817 - 1901)

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Lived/Active: New York/District Of Columbia/Delaware      Known for: portrait bust sculpture

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Noted for a portrait she sculpted of Abraham Lincoln as well as for other portrait busts including General Ulysses S. Grant, Sarah Ames was the first woman sculptor to settle in Rome in the mid-nineteenth century. 

Her marble bust of Abraham Lincoln was placed in the Senate wing of the U.S. Capitol Building, having been purchased by the government in 1868.  Carving it out of white marble, Ames seems to have intended this work as a realistic portraiture of the former President.  It is now on display in the Williams College Museum of Art, in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  In excellent condition, the bust shows Lincoln's head, shoulders, and chest.  The surface of the bust is matte, and the work is approximately 30 inches high and 24 inches wide.

She was born in Lewes, Delaware, studied in Boston and Rome, and was married to portrait painter Joseph Alexander Ames, who died in 1872. 

Sources include:
American Women Artists by Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein
Who Was Who in American Art by Peter Falk

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