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William N. Beckwith
Sculptor of the 11th Mississippi Infantry Monument
William Beckwith has produced public and private bronzes for over 30 years. He is widely know for his portrait busts of which many are of deceased subjects. These are created using only photographs.
William would be the winner of the 2001 "Govenors Award of Excellence in the Arts" as well as many other awards and honors. His works have been displayed throughout the United States and are on display in both public and private collections. William currently teaches sculpture part time at the University of Mississippi Art Department. To find out more on the works of William Beckwith please visit his web site at firstname.lastname@example.org
William Beckwith with the clay model. Note the supporting structure used to support the clay model.
The finished clay model
The sculptors name incised in the base of the statue. The date of 1999 is the year the clay model was completed and signed.
Portions of the 11th Mississippi Statue being cast at the Inferno Foundry.
Noted above are sections of the flag and arm of the final bronze casting before final assembly.
The cast parts are slowly and meticulously welded together to make the final statue. The welds are dressed and are nearly impossible to find on the completed statue.
The final bronze begins its journey to Gettysburg.
The monument is unveiled while descendents of the 11th Mississippi Regiment look on.
The autograph of the sculptor William N. Beckwith
I wish to thank the sculptor for provding the photos above. His willingness to provide me information in regards to the statue were very much appreciated. William is one of only four surviving sculptors with major works on the main battlefield. A real treat for all of us that enjoy Gettysburg and it works of art.
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