[D8915ABA], Letter from Hermann Schurig to Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.) Edison, Thomas Alva Edison, October 3rd, 1889

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Abstract

Permit me to state the circumstances that induced me to modelling the bust of Edison and to take passage on this steamer:- I had taken the liberty to address a letter to Miss Edison to the care of Pender in London, but understand it failed to come to hand; not being able to express myself in English personally and desiring not to intrude, I deem a written statement the most satisfactory. # The enthusiasm awakened everywhere by the wonderful discoveries of TAE has been shared by me a long time; I took advantage of his visit to Germany and went to Heidelberg; finding his features impressive of the genius within I went to work at once to model them;- I am happy to aknowledge the kindness of TAE in affording me the opportunity needed for study;- wishing to produce a perfect work, I left for Havre hoping to obtain a few more sittings before embarcation but no opportunity offering, I decided upon the trip to NY. By the kindness of TAE I have made progress with my task but to satisfactorily complete it sittings are required. I now beg to solicit them, not excedding four of twenty, minutes each, either on board of the steamer or subsequently and I desire to state that I propose to present to TAE the first cast in bronze which I intend to have made of my work; I desire to request the consent of TAE to the multiplication of the bust in bronze if found satisfactory, the work to be of the highest order, and to the disposal thereby to the vast number of his friends and admirers. [see "Hermann Schurig, the German sculptor, has come to the United States to make a bust of Edison" (The Wilmington, N.C. Messensger, 2 Nov 1889.]

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Date

1889-10-03

Decade

1880-1889

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Identifier

D8915ABA

Folder Set

D8915

Title

[D8915ABA], Letter from Hermann Schurig to Mina Miller (Mrs Thomas A.) Edison, Thomas Alva Edison, October 3rd, 1889

Microfilm ID

125:878

Publisher

Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University