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Abraham Lincoln

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Modeled 1916, cast after 1916

Artist:

Daniel Chester French
American, 1850–1931

About this artwork

Lorado Taft praised Daniel Chester French as “the dean of American sculptors.” French specialized in large-scale marble statues, private memorials, and portrait busts. Here the sculptor captured Abraham Lincoln in a difficult hour of decision, and the president’s expression is more serious and thoughtful than in French’s earlier bronze of the standing Lincoln (1984.1130). This bronze is a reduced version of the full-size statue in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., which French worked on with the architect Henry Bacon. French’s brother, William M. R. French, was the first director of the Art Institute, serving from 1879 to 1914.

Status

On View, Gallery 161

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Daniel Chester French (Sculptor)

Title

Abraham Lincoln

Origin

United States

Date

Modeled 1916

Medium

Bronze

Inscriptions

Inscribed, top of base at back right: "Daniel C French / March 1916"

Dimensions

H.: 83.8 cm (33 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Arthur Rubloff Trust

Reference Number

1991.324

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