Frank Edwin Elwell the Sculptor of the
Hancock Equestrian Monument
Frank Edwin Elwell
Born: June 15, 1858
Died: January 23, 1922
Born in Concord Massachusetts Elwell was orphaned at the age of four and was adopted by author Louisa May Alcott. Elwell would receive his introduction to art from Abigail May Alcott the sister of May Alcott. Elwell would study at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts then later moved to Paris to continue his studies at the Ecoles des Beaux-Art. Elwell would study under Alexandre Falgie're a famous French sculptor and painter.
Elwell would return to the United States and established his studio in Orange, New Jersey and later in Weehawkee, New Jersey. Elwell would sculpt "Dickens and Little Nell" one of his best statues as well as many others. Elwell would die in Connecticut in 1922.
Above is a photo of Elwell in his Orange, New Jersey Studio. Note in the foreground the lifted hoof of the clay model of the Hancock Statue.
William Tipton of Gettysburg was always one of the first to capture images of newly dedicated monuments. Above is a Tipton photograph taken soon after the dedication of the Hancock in 1896.
Major General Winfield Scott Hancock commander 2nd Corps Army of the Potomac.
Born: February 14, 1824
Died: February 9, 1886
One of the finest Northern Generals in the American Civil War, Hancock was known for his personal leadership and pure bravery.
An original hand written letter by F. Edwin Elwell to Frederic Remington thanking him for recognizing his work.
Original autograph of Frank Edwin Elwell
Elwell would sign the clay model of the Hancock in style. He would sign what appears to be a plaque surrounded by an ornate frame all sculpted by him.
Bureau Brothers foundry would cast the final bronze.
As tourists and old veterans visited the battlefield many souvenirs would be sold. Above is a paperweight with the image of the Hancock Statue. Maybe an old Second Corps veteran purchased it as a rememberance of his old commander.
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