Merrell Gage (1892-1981) was born in Topeka, Kansas. After moving to New York in 1911, he attended the Art Students League, the Henri School and Beaux Arts in addition to being an apprentice with Gutzon Burglum. In 1923, Gage moved to Los Angeles, where he assisted Burt Johnson in executing the sculpture for the Fine Arts Building on Seventh Street. Gage was later commissioned to execute the bas reliefs over the entrances of the Edison Building, which is now One Bunker Hill, and the Los Angeles Times Building. In addition to the bust of Lincoln at the County Courthouse, Gage executed portraits of Lincoln for the Kansas State Capitol, Lincoln Junior High School in Santa Monica and Lincoln College in Lincoln, Nebraska. Gage taught at the Chouinard Art Institute and was on the faculty of the USC Fine Arts Department, which he later chaired.
The text has been provided courtesy of Michael Several, Los Angeles, February 1998.