1940 Walter Hancock Plaster Bust
This is a bust of my father, and he was a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Walter Hancock, who created the bust, I don't know if he was a fellow student or if he instructed at the college, but that's where he got my father to model, and he used his figure for the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.
It's called “The Angel of Resurrection.” It's a plaster bust, and Walter Hancock spent his career in Pennsylvania as an instructor. It was a pretty long span between when this model was done in 1940, and the sculpture was completed in the '50s, and that's because of the duration of the war. He was off serving the country. As you may know, he was one of the Monuments Men.
Well, I just learned that. I was fascinated to find that out.
Yeah, his work just doesn't come up, though, because he wasn't a commercial artist. I'd say insure it for $2,500. Oh, wow-- that's amazing, I had no idea.
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