JF Kennedy de Weldon Bust


In early 1963, Mr. Felix de Weldon was commissioned by John F. Kennedy’s military aides to produce the sculptural portrait of President Kennedy that ultimately became a key featured item in the Kennedy Library. In the spring of 1963 de Weldon began his work. President Kennedy posed for de Weldon twice at the White House. The work was nearing completion when the tragic events of November 1963 occurred. The nearly finished sculpture was removed to de Weldon’s studio where the artist was encouraged to complete the effort. From the original clay bust only (4) bronze castings were produced before the mold was destroyed. One cast was given to Mrs. Kennedy, one cast was given to the Kennedy Library, one cast was given to the Kennedy Space Center, and the artist kept one cast for himself. In 1990, de Weldon used his bronze cast to make a new mold in order to produce the Limited Edition of 250. The de Weldon bust of Kennedy was regarded by Dave Powers, Special Assistant to President Kennedy as his favorite work of art of the entire Kennedy family.

Felix de Weldon is probably best known as the creator of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial depicting the historic raising of the American flag on Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima.

This cold cast bronze piece measures 16 x 9 x 11 inches (25 x 9 x 11 inches with granite base).

A truly magnificent piece of history, from the hand of a master artist.

Available for purchase at our Madison shoppe.

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