Felix de Weldon is internationally recognized as the foremost American sculptor of the 20th century. Most famous for his towering sculpture of the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, he is renowned for his bronze sculptures of statesman and heroes, thirty-two of which grace parks and government buildings in Washington DC. With over twelve hundred public memorials worldwide, Felix de Weldon devoted his life's work to immortalizing those who have left an indelible influence on humanity. Sadly, he passed away on June 3rd, 2003 at the age of 96 and was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
The Three Jurists
In 1954 the College of William and Mary, this nation's first law school, commissioned Felix de Weldon to create the busts of Sir William Blackstone, Professor George Wythe and Chief Justice John Marshall, who are considered to be the architects of American jurisprudence.
On September 25, 1954, the Rededication of the Anglo-American Bench and Bar to it's Traditions of Representative Constitutional Government was made at the College of William and Mary and the three larger than life size busts were unveiled. They remain on display there today.
In 2001 Felix de Weldon authorized the publication of The Three Jurists to be cast in bronze in a limited edition of two hundred and fifty. Now, The Felix de Weldon International Art Gallery is proud to offer these magnificent sculptures to you. Issued with each bust is a Certificate of Authenticity personally signed by Felix de Weldon.
As this is a limited edition series, your collection will be cast and numbered in the sequence that your order is received. This incredible offering is a once in a life time opportunity to acquire three extraordinary, limited edition works of art with certificates of authenticity, each personally signed by the artist deemed to be the greatest sculpture of our time. Imagine the majesty of presence this historical collection will lend to your board room, lobby or foyer. For more information please tour our gallery.
Sir William Blackstone
The First Vinerian Professor of Law in the English Speaking World.
A British jurist, Doctor of Civil Law and professor at Oxford University, William Blackstone began lecturing on the common law of England in 1753. He was the first to teach English law in a British university. In 1758 he was elected to the Oxford University Vinerian chair of law, which was the first chair of common law established in the English speaking world. Professor Blackstone’s lectures were published as his Commentaries on the Laws of England (1756-69). This work became the foundation of legal education in England and North America and dominated the common law legal system for over a century. Sir William Blackstone is considered to be the single greatest influence to both British and American jurisprudence
The First Professor of Law in America
A member of the Continental Congress and the First Virginia signer of the Declaration of Independence, George Wythe was one of the most prominent lawyers in 18th century America and as such embodied the principles and ideals on which the United States Of America was founded. Appointed to the first chair at the College of William and Mary In 1779, George Wythe became the first professor of law in America and the second professor of law in the English speaking world after Sir William Blackstone of England. Professor Wythe’s students included future Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe and Chief Justice John Marshall.
Chief Justice John Marshall
The Father of American Constitutional Law
A prominent Virginia attorney who had attended the College of William and Mary and studied law under Professor George Wythe, John Marshall went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1799 and was appointed to the post of U.S. Secretary of State in 1800. Known for his belief in strong government, his acute intellect and his sense of fairness, he was appointed Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by President John Adams in 1801. Justice Marshall’s thirty-five year term was marked by decisions, which molded the authority of the nation’s judiciary and structured the political and commercial relationships between the Federal government and the states.