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#149 - Gutzon Borglum

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Oversized portrait of Mount Rushmore’s creator

Matte-finish 10 x 13.5 photo, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “To my dear friends—What are friends and who? Those who understand—and we believe love us—Ralph & Hazel Bradford, affectionately, Gutzon Borglum, Oct 22-1933, Washington D.C.” A few light stains and creases to edges, and a small tear to the right edge (nothing approaching the image or signature), otherwise fine condition. Ralph Bradford, a writer and manager of the Corpus Christi Chamber of Congress, was a close friend of Borglum and employed him while planning the redevelopment of the Corpus Christi waterfront in the late 1920s. He produced several models of his sweeping redesign of the bayfront, which called for a smooth seawall resembling an amphitheater topped by parapets, a grand boulevard dotted with parks, and an imposing 32-foot statue of Christ atop the rock jetties in the bay. The plan was eventually tabled, though postwar construction somewhat resembled his plans. A fascinating association with one of Borglum’s unrealized artistic visions. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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