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Statue of Louis Armstrong

Statue of Louis Armstrong
Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Description
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
Used By
Fitzgerald, Ella
Date Made
ca 1972
Credit Line
Fitzgerald 1989 Trust
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 Type
statue