THE LIFE AND CHESS OF PAUL MORPHY                                                                                                                                                                                                      Morphy Bust

Morphy in Sculpture




"At the Café  de la Régence, Paul Morphy repeated the blindfold feat performed in Birmingham. The eight simultaneous games lasted ten hours, and he conquered, although unwell and weak at the time. One of his eight opponents was the famous sculptor Lequesne, who shortly after made his bust, a chef-l'oeuvre which was placed at the Café  de la Régence and crowned with laurel, on his farewell visit there."
      -from one who knew him well.

"It is not necessary to point out to chess players the immensity of this intellectual feat; every one will admit that it borders upon the miraculous, and, as was remarked by one of the antagonists, M. Lequesne, such a mind never did exist, and, perhaps, never will again."       - Lawson

"When he returned from his first visit to Paris, he brought back to his mother a copy of his bust - by the great sculptor Lequesne. It was proudly placed by her in her sanctum. That copy, smaller than the original bust, also came from the hands of Lequesne who presented it to Mr. Morphy, as a token of friendship and admiration."
      -from one who knew him well.

"Among the first to recognize Morphy’s significance in the chess arena was Eugene Lequesne, the well-known sculptor.  Morphy had been in France less than two weeks when Lequesne asked him to sit for his bust in marble.  Morphy obliged with the first sitting on September 15.  The bust was exhibited as the Exposition des Beaux Arts in 1859.  Maurian mentions in the New Orleans Sunday Delta of February 6, 1859, that small replicas (three-fifths the actual size) had arrived in New Orleans by January 1859, and described the bust as “a perfect likeness.”  It received special attention the day before Morphy left Paris some months later.  Lequesne also took a plaster cast of Morphy’s hand, now possessed by the author"       - Lawson

"M. Lequesne, the sculptor, has executed in marble a very fine bust of Mr. Morphy, which has been placed along side of those of Labourdonnais and Philidor, at the chess club over Café de La Régence.  Small duplicates of this are on sale about town."
      -from Dr. Johnson, Paris correspondent of the New York Times


"In Paris, on April 4, 1859, at a farewell banquet for him, it was St. Amant who placed a laurel wreath upon the marble bust of Morphy by the sculptor Eugene Lequesne." - Lawson