MASON - ARTIST - SCULPTOR
Bro. Leonard Wells Volk (Novemer 7, 1828 - August 19, 1895) was an American artist and sculptor best known for making a life mask and hand casts of American President Abraham Lincoln.
Bro. Volk was born at Wellstown (now Wells), Hamilton County, New York. He first followed the trade of a marble cutter with his father in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In 1848 he opened a studio in St. Louis, Missouri, and in 1855 was sent by his wife’s cousin, politician Stephen A. Douglas, to study in Rome. Returning to America in 1857, he settled in Chicago where he helped establish the Academy of Design, which he headed for eight years.