Sculptor: Felix de Weldon (Austrian, 1907-2003)
Date Made: 1963
Medium: Bronze, Italian marble
Dimensions: 16 x 12 x 12 inches
A bronze bust of President Kennedy on marble pedestal. The silver inscription plaque on the front of the pedestal bears an excerpt from President Kennedy's Inaugural speech, "Now the trumpet summons us again - not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need…", above this is an engraved image of Jacqueline Kennedy's Christmas angel, and below is an engraved Presidential Seal.
In early 1963, Mr. Felix de Weldon was chosen by Jacqueline Kennedy to produce the sculptural portrait of President Kennedy that was to be a featured item in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. President Kennedy posed for the work in the White House. At the time of the tragic event of November 22, 1963 the bust was unfinished. The sculpture was removed to de Weldon's studio where the artist was encouraged to complete the effort.
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum