Nov 25, 2014 - Sale 2368

Sale 2368 - Lot 35

Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
(ART.) Small archive relating to the sculptor Leila Usher. 5 items, various sizes and conditions. Vp, 1912-53

Additional Details

Leila Usher (1859-1955) was best known for sculpting bas reliefs and busts of important American historical figures such as Booker T. Washington and Susan B. Anthony. This collection includes a letter quoting her personal correspondence with Albert Einstein: Autograph Letter Signed, Leila Usher to her investment counselor John Sanderson Small, New York, 3 February 1947. "Einstein and I are having things to talk about as I sent him a relief of himself playing the violin, and he sent me a nice note of thanks, and invitations to help about atomic bomb affairs. He says there 'is no hope but international control of the bomb--that goal so long sought, a warless world.. . . People must live together peacefully or all die.'"
Also included are a copy of her 1948 book "Poems" with a 1953 inscription laid down A photograph of Usher sculpting her Booker T. Washington bust at the Tuskegee Institute Her bas-relief ceramic study of a cat signed in the mold on verso, a bit chipped Her framed bas-relief portrait of an unidentified girl, signed in the mold "Leila Usher, Capri 1912." 9 x 5 1/2 inches. Provenance: John Sanderson Small, thence by descent to the consignor.