Plaster Bust of Lord Byron
Bust of James G. Blaine
Maine-born sculptor Franklin Simmons was one of the country’s best-known sculptors when he carved this marble bust of James G. Blaine. Blaine commissioned it during his term as U.S. Senator. Simmons may have traveled to Maine when Blaine sat for the bust in 1878. According to a news article at the time, Simmons carved the bust in Rome, Italy, completing it in 1880. He reportedly pronounced it “the most perfect piece of workmanship” he ever modeled.
Plaster Statue of Minerva
Glass Bust of Abraham Lincoln
Blaine respected Lincoln greatly. According to family tradition, Blaine bought this bust at the 1876 Centennial Exposition, and kept it on his desk the rest of his life. When Blaine’s daughter, Harriet Blaine Beale gave the house to the State, she distributed many of the household items to friends and family. She gave this to her cousin, Mary Owen Stinson Weston, who passed it on to her daughter. A benefactor bought it and gave it to First Lady Karen Baldacci, as a gift for the Blaine House.