SCULPTOR LAWRENCE T. STEVENS TYPED LETTER SIGNED, “L. T. Stevens”, one page, 8.5 x 11, June 29, 1970, to Col. Roscoe Turner, Estate about re-acquiring a bronze he created in the 1920s, called AMERICAN AVIATION, which had been awarded years earlier to recently deceased American aviation pioneer, Col. Roscoe Turner. In part: “…the bronze I created as a Fellow at the Am. Academy in Rome in the 20’s. It is entitled ‘American Aviation’ and is dedicated to the around World Fliers of ’22….” Someone has noted at the bottom of the letter “To Smithsonian”. Some minor age toning, otherwise in fine condition.
Lawrence T. Stevens (1896-1972) was an American sculptor who was one of the progenitors of the "Cowboy High Style" movement in western American art and furniture. He created large allegorical figures and stylized depictions of the American west.
Stevens first garnered international attention when he won the Rome Prize for sculpture in 1922, receiving a fellowship to study sculpture at the American Academy in Rome as well as funds to travel to experience the art of Western Europe. Precedent dictated that the Prix de Rome fellows would spend time in Greece studying the classical sculpture there, but Stevens instead decided to go to Egypt. His time with the Ancient Egyptian bas-relief murals and stylized sculpture heavily impacted his style, which would continue to evoke ancient Egyptian and contemporary Art Deco influences throughout his life.
Roscoe Turner (September 29, 1895 – June 23, 1970) was a record-breaking American aviator who was a three-time winner of the Thompson Trophy air race, and widely recognized by his flamboyant style and his pet lion named Gilmore.
The inimitable and greatly admired Colonel Roscoe Turner became one of the renowned names in aviation in the late 1920s and early 1930s. This was the flying era that abounded with the achievements of a small group of gallant pilots, dedicated engineers, courageous air leaders, and audacious daredevils. Roscoe Turner was a leader among those who pursued their destiny in the skies and bet their lives, not only on their own skill, but also on the soundness of their aircraft’s design.