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Abraham Lincoln

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.


Modeled 1912, cast after 1912


Daniel Chester French (American, 1850–1931)
Cast by Roman Bronze Works (American, founded 1897)

About this artwork

Portraits of Abraham Lincoln—in sculpture, oil, print, and photography—were plentiful during the 16th president’s lifetime and grew in popularity in the decades after his death in 1865. Daniel Chester French was commissioned to create a monumental sculpture of Lincoln for the grounds of the Nebraska State Capitol building, subsequently producing smaller versions in bronze, including this work. French contributed to a powerful and enduring vision of Lincoln as a contemplative, deliberate leader. Here, Lincoln stands apart from the context and complexities that shaped a specific historical moment in the 19th century.


On View, Gallery 161


Arts of the Americas


Daniel Chester French (Sculptor)


Abraham Lincoln


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Modeled 1912




Signed and inscribed right, bottom-middle, on base top, in cast: "Daniel C. French Sc. / 1912"; stamped verso, bottom-right: "Roman Bronze Works N.Y.".


95.9 × 31.2 × 25.4 cm (37 3/4 × 12 1/4 × 10 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Elsie O. Sang in memory of Philip D. Sang

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