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    CYRUS EDWIN DALLIN (American, 1861-1944)
    Appeal to the Great Spirit, 1913
    Bronze with brown patina
    21-3/4 inches (55.2 cm) high
    Inscribed on base: © C.E. Dallin 1913
    Inscribed and stamped along base: #70 / Gorham Co Founders/ QPN


    Private collection, Wyoming;
    Private collection, Chicago, Illinois, by descent from the above;
    By descent to the present owner from the above.

    R.G. Francis, Cyrus Dallin scholar and author, refers to Appeal to the Great Spirit as "Dallin's most famous statue." This was the last of a sculptural program of four works consisting of Signal of Peace (1890), Medicine Man (1899), Protest (1904), and finally Appeal to the Great Spirit. Created in 1907, the original life-size equestrian bronze was cast by E. Gruet & Company in Paris. Dallin submitted the work to the Paris Salon of 1909, where he won the gold medal for his monumental bronze of a mounted Native American chief. Upon its return to the United States, several cities vied for the privilege of being home to this iconic sculpture, but it was Boston that prevailed, and the work was proudly displayed in front of the Museum of Fine Arts. At the time of its installation, Appeal to the Great Spirit was so popular that Francis suggests in his text Cyrus E. Dallin: Let Justice Be Done that it was as well-known as the Statue of Liberty.

    Dallin's signature work was modeled with restraint and sensitivity, revealing a very modern simplicity in its rendering of the mounted Sioux chief. The chief, recognized by his feathered war bonnet, has been defeated in battle and sits astride his mount, invoking divine intervention for his people. Unlike the realistic and roughly-textured bronzes of his contemporary Frederic Remington, Dallin chose a more stylized and modern interpretation for this inherently western subject matter. The distillation of form in Appeal to the Great Spirit seems to flirt with archaism, a movement influenced by archaic art which would later be explored by American sculptors such as Paul Manship.

    The widespread popularity of Appeal to the Great Spirit encouraged Dallin to model for private collectors a table top version that stands 21¾ inches high. The copyright for this model was granted in 1913, and Dallin successfully produced an edition of 107 with the Gorham Bronze Company in New Jersey. Each of the casts from this edition bears the specific edition number along with the Gorham foundry code of "QPN" along the base. This cast has been finished with a dark brown patina and maintains the nuanced details of the original life-size equestrian bronze, which still stands before the Museum of Fine Arts on Huntington Avenue in Boston.

    Condition Report*: The work appears dirty with scattered areas of verdigris.  There appear to be several surface scratches around the sodder line on the figure's right upper arm.  Overall dimensions:  21-3/4 x 22 x 14-1/4 inches (55.2 x 55.9 x 36.2 cm)
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    May, 2014
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