was able, through clever maneuvering and dogged determination, to
achieve a commission from the Congress for a life-sized statue of the
assassinated president—this despite the very real animus
against women artists at that time, which is apparent in the heated
arguments against granting her the Lincoln
commission—arguments spearheaded in the Senate by Charles
Sumner of Massachusetts.
Steeped in the history of
her time, Vinnie Ream was involved with dozens of senators and
congressmen and other powerful men—not least of all Generals
Sherman and Custer—and her studio on Capitol Hill became a
legendary stopping place for many admirers and tourists. Her statue of
Lincoln stands in the rotunda of the capitol building; her statue of
Admiral Farragut stands in a Washington, D.C. park; other works are in
Statuary Hall and various museums. This is an engaging biography of a
spirited female artist, and an effective portrait of Washington, D.C.
in the Civil War era.
ART / WOMEN'S HISTORY
5 1/2 x 8 1/2, B&W Illustrations