Bust of Duke Ellington

Bust of Duke Ellington

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Description (Brief)

This bust of American composer and musician Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (1899 - 1974) was made by Ed Dwight in Denver, Colorado in 1988. Made of cast bronze, the sculpture depicts Ellington in a suit and bowtie, arms in a conducting pose, atop a stylized keyboard.

Ed Dwight began his career as a graduate engineer, was a former United States Air Force test pilot who became the first African American to be trained as an astronaut in 1962. Following a career in real estate, computer systems engineering, and consulting, Dwight pursued art and received a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Denver in 1977. Dwight’s works include fine art sculpture, large-scale memorials and public art projects.

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Object Name
date made
Ellington, Duke
Dwight, Ed
place made
United States: Colorado, Denver
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
overall: 19 in x 29 in x 28 in; 48.26 cm x 73.66 cm x 71.12 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Calvin B. and Marilyn B. Gross
African American
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
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Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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