The Museum Collection
Zolnay Bust of Poe
Description:The University of Virginia commissioned this bust, which was unveiled in 1899, the fiftieth anniversary of Poe's death. The Poe Museum's casting was produced sometime before the foundry housing the mold burned in the 1920s, and the bust was displayed in a San Francisco bookstore for several years before coming to the Poe Museum in 2009, in honor of the bicentennial of Poe's birth.
Known as the "Sculptor of the Confederacy," George Julian Zolnay sculpted a number of portraits of Confederate generals, including the statue of Jefferson Davis at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.
Given in Memory of Frank Swift Poe and His Brother William Nelson Poe by Their Children George Wilkinson Poe, Katherine Poe Thomason, and Harry Lee Poe.