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Sculptor:
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus 1848-1907  Search this
Architect:
White, Stanford 1853-1906  Search this
Subject:
Lincoln, Abraham  Search this
Medium:
Figure: bronze; Base and exedra: granite
Type:
Sculptures-Exedra
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Chicago Park District Preservation Planning Division 425 East McFetridge Drive Chicago Illinois 60605
Located Lincoln Park Clark Street at North Avenue Chicago Illinois
Date:
1884-1887. Installed on October 22, 1887
Notes:
Public Monument Conservation Project, 1986.
Bach, Ira J., and Mary Lackritz Gray, "A Guide to Chicago's Public Sculpture," Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983, pg. 123-125.
Riedy, James L., "Chicago Sculpture," Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1983, pg. 214-216.
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Illinois, Chicago survey, 1992.
Bryan, I. J., comp., "A History of Lincoln Park and Annual Report of the Commissioners," Chicago: The Commissioners, 1899, pg. 105-106.
Tolles, Thayer, "Augustus Saint-Gaudens in the Metropolitan Museum of Art," New York: NY: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009, pg. 23.
Image on file.
Bach, Ira J., and Mary Lackritz Gray, "A Guide to Chicago's Public Sculpture," Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983, pg. 125.
Tolles, Thayer, "Augustus Saint-Gaudens in the Metropolitan Museum of Art," New York: NY: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009, pg. 23.
AUGUSTUS SAINT-GAUDENS . SCULPTOR MDCCCLXXXVII / CAST BY THE HENRY-BONNARD BRONZE CO. (On front of base:) THE GIFT OF ELI BATES signed Founder's mark appears.
The information provided about this artwork was compiled as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections worldwide.
Summary:
Mr. Lincoln is seen standing in front of his Chair of State from which he appears to have just arisen. The chair with clawed legs and American eagle in relief on the back, was inspired by a cast of a seat from a Greek theater. There is a contract between the symbolic portrayal of the Chair and the realistic portrayal of Lincoln. A circular pink granite bench, or exedra, encases the sculpture in a total environment that suggests the presence of an audience.
Topic:
Portrait male  Search this
Occupation--Political--President  Search this
Occupation--Law--Lawyer  Search this
Object--Furniture--Chair  Search this
Control number:
IAS IL000010
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_14484