Ruth Inge Hardison (February 3, 1914 – March 23, 2016) was an African American sculptor, artist, and photographer. She created a series of Ingenious Americans, little known black inventors and other notables commissioned and sold by Old Taylor Whiskey in the late 1960s. The series of nine busts included Benjamin Banneker, Charles Richard Drew, Matthew Henson, Frederick McKinley Jones, Lewis Latimer, Garrett Morgan, Norbert Rillieux, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams and Granville Woods.
INGE HARDISON (American, 1904-1950) “BUST OF CHARLES RICHARD DREW (1905-1950)”. Plaster bust of man mounted on square bevel base with label indicating title and “He found a way to save lives by saving blood”. Signed on back “Inge Hardison 1967”. Brown bronze patina. Dr. Charles Drew was the inventor of the blood bank. A nice African-American subject by one of America’s African-American artist’s. SIZE: 5” h; base 5-1/4” x 4-1/4”. CONDITION: Chip to corners of base and at back edge of bust. Generally very good. 9-25522 (300-500)