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.
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