Frank Moran lived in a remote part of northern Vermont, not too far from Quebec. In 1933 he carved this bust of Lincoln, and several years later carved a larger seated Lincoln that's now in the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. My parents lived in Cooperstown for some 20 years and I made numerous visits to the museum when I visited them. I always spent some time looking at the Lincoln, perhaps because I used to live in the Green Mountain State and I imagined Moran to be one of those flinty Vermonters I liked so much, but with artistic talent. When this head became available a decade ago, I jumped at the chance to buy it.
Here's more about Moran and the carving in Cooperstown: