Smithsonian Collections

Statue of Louis Armstrong

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Data Source
National Museum of American History
Description (Brief)

This chalkware statue of American jazz trumpeter and vocalist Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) was made by Esco Products, Inc. in New York, circa 1972. The statue depicts Armstrong in a burgundy jacket with white shirt, black bowtie, pants and shoes, holding a trumpet in his right hand and a handkerchief in his left hand. As in many of Esco’s celebrity statues, the heads are exaggerated in size.

The statue was given to American jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald and is inscribed on the bottom of the statue, “FROM PHOEBE.”

Location
Currently not on view
depicted
Armstrong, Louis
user
Fitzgerald, Ella
date made
ca 1972
Credit Line
Gift of Fitzgerald 1989 Trust (through Richard D. Rosman)
Physical Description
plaster (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 40 cm x 16 cm x 15 cm; 15 3/4 in x 6 5/16 in x 5 7/8 in
Object Name
statue
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Art
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
ID Number
1996.0342.062
accession number
1996.0342
catalog number
1996.0342.062
subject
Jazz
African American
Musicians
place made
United States: New York, New York