This 1914 low relief portrait of sculptor Vinnie Ream by George Julian Zolnay, marks Vinnie Ream Hoxie’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery.
The inscription, a paraphrase of a line from Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem Insufficiency, reads:
Words That Would Praise Thee
Richard L. Hoxie
Brigadier General U.S. Army
Ruth N. Hoxie
Richard Hoxie gave the original marble statue to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and had this bronze copy cast for Vinnie's Grave.
Sculptor Vinnie Ream was famous for being young, beautiful and talented. She became the first woman to win a federal art commission when she used her friendship with General Rawlings to convince Lincoln to sit for her when she was 17 years old. The bust below allowed her to win the heated competition for a life sized statue of Lincoln that stands in the Capital.
George Caleb Bingham painted the same scene in 1910.
The Phrenological Society published this youthful image of Vinnie Ream in a Sept. 1869 article describing Ms. Ream from a phrenological point of view.
Portrait of Vinnie Ream, the Young Sculptor
In 1878 Vinnie Ream was commissioned to sculpt the statue of Admiral Farragut which stands in Farragut Square.
Here she's shown in her wedding dress, Admiral Farragut looking on from a painted backdrop.
The N.Y. Tribune published the photo below captioned "Vinnie Ream Hoxie of Today" on Feb. 11, 1912, two years before her death in 1914.