Eleanor Eck­hart

1918, Bronze

Eleanor was the old­est daugh­ter of Polasek’s friends Percy and Helen Eck­hart of Berwyn, Illi­nois. This por­trait bust was sculpted while Eleanor was in her early teens.

 

Fran­cis D. Millet

1912, Bronze

In 1910 Polasek was awarded America’s top art schol­ar­ship, The Prix de Rome, grant­ing him a three-year fel­low­ship to study at the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Art in Rome, Italy.  Sec­re­tary of the Acad­emy Fran­cis Mil­let was an eru­dite gen­tle­man, famil­iar with twelve lan­guages and highly cel­e­brated for his bril­liant per­son­al­ity.  In April 1912, shortly after sit­ting for the por­trait bust, Mil­let sailed for the United States on the ocean liner Titanic and per­ished. Ten bronzes were cast of Polasek’s por­trait of Mil­let and were placed at loca­tions includ­ing the Penn­syl­va­nia Acad­emy of the Fine Arts, Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, The Amer­i­can Acad­emy in Rome and New York University.