Adolph Alexander Weinman (American (born Germany), Karlsruhe 1870–1952 New York)
1911, cast 1912
25 x 12 x 15 in. (63.5 x 30.5 x 38.1 cm)
Gift of Mrs. James Breckinridge Speed, in memory of her husband, 1913
Not on view
This bronze study for the Lincoln Monument in Frankfort, Kentucky, was commissioned by James Breckenridge Speed, who presented it to the state of Kentucky. Weinman portrays Lincoln leaning on a chair, apparently deep in thought or about to make a speech. The sculptor has added wrinkles to Lincoln's vest and trousers and modeled the President’s hair in a disheveled state with great naturalism. In addition to the Frankfort Lincoln, Weinman executed Lincoln memorials at Hodgenville, Kentucky, and Madison, Wisconsin. James Breckenridge Speed served in the Union Army during the Civil War. His uncle, Joshua Fry Speed was a close friend of Lincoln and is credited with keeping Kentucky from joining the Confederacy. James Speed donated the funds for the erection of the over-lifesize sculpture that stands in the state capitol of Kentucky.
Signature: [back of base]: A.A. WEINMAN/ FECIT MCMXI
Inscription: [front of base]: STVDY FOR THE STATVE OF / ABRAHAM LINCOLN / AT FRANKFORT KY PRESENTED TO THE STATE OF/ KENTVCKY BY JAMES BRECKINRIDGE SPEED
Marking: [foundry mark, base]: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N.Y.