Abraham Lincoln: The Man (Standing Lincoln)

Augustus Saint-Gaudens American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 762

This statuette is a reduction after Saint-Gaudens’s monument to Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), which was dedicated in Chicago’s Lincoln Park in 1887. The sculptor based the portrait on Leonard Wells Volk’s 1860 life mask of Lincoln’s face (2007.185.2) and on photographs taken during his presidency. The likeness was further informed by his subject’s speeches and writings and by the sculptor’s own youthful remembrances of Lincoln’s visits to New York. Here, a pensive Lincoln stands in front of the eagle-emblazoned Chair of State, his left foot advanced and his head bowed reflectively as he prepares to deliver a public address.

Abraham Lincoln: The Man (Standing Lincoln), Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, Dublin 1848–1907 Cornish, New Hampshire), Bronze, American

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