Vinnie Ream

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On the 28 July 1866 Vinnie Ream, at the age of 18, became the first female artist to receive a commission from the United States government for a statue. The statue was to be of Abraham Lincoln and remains in the Rotunda in U.S Capitol. 

 

Ream was awarded the commission by a vote of Congress and used her previous bust of Lincoln as her entry into the competition. However, her reputation as beautiful and skilled in conversation lead to much discussion over her selection as sculptor.    

 

Her marbles, America, The West, and Miriam, were displayed at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.