"The Young Lincoln" Replica Statue
- "The Young Lincoln" Replica Statue
- Campus Artifacts, Art & Memorabilia
- Barnard, George Grey (American sculptor, 1863-1938)
- Acquisition Date:
- Work Type:
- Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
- Image View Description:
- Front View
- Image View Type:
- 58 in (height)
- A replica of George G. Barnard's controversial statue of United States President Abraham Lincoln. Original work was commissioned by Charles Taft for the Lytle Park in Cincinnati, OH (1917). Additional replicas of this statue can be found in Manchester (England), and Louisville (KY). George Grey Barnard’s statue of Abraham Lincoln was originally commissioned by Charles Taft for the city of Cincinnati. In 1917, Taft offered a replica of this statue to the commemorative project organized by the American Peace Centenary Committee for the Centennial anniversary of peace between Great Britain and the United States. To mark the occasion, the committee proposed a gift of two statues, one of George Washington, and the other of Abraham Lincoln. An Abraham Lincoln statue by the artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens was originally selected, but when no benefactor for the Saint-Gaudens’ replica could be found, Charles Taft offered to replicate Barnard’s Lincoln statue. Barnard’s statue broke with neoclassical convention and instead portrayed Lincoln as an “Icon of Equality,” and an embodiment of the “New World hero without pride in rank or culture,”[Schwartz, Barry. 1991. "Iconography and Collective Memory: Lincoln's Image in the American Mind". Sociological Quarterly. 32 (3): 301-319]. As a result, a heated debated ensued regarding the appropriateness of Barnard’s depiction of Lincoln. More detailed information on this statue may be found in: Schwartz, Barry. 1991. "Iconography and Collective Memory: Lincoln's Image in the American Mind". Sociological Quarterly. 32 (3): 301-319.
- Artist Biography:
- American sculptor and collector George Grey Barnard was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago (1882), and the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris(1884-87), under Pierre-Jules Cavelier ["Barnard, George Grey." Columbia University, and Bartleby.com, Inc. 2004.Columbia encyclopedia. New York:Columbia University Press. http://www.bartleby.com/65/]. His most notable works include “Struggle of the Two Natures in Man,” for the Pennsylvania State Capital at Harrisburg, and a controversial bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln for Lytle Park in Cincinnati, Ohio (1917). Replicas of the Abraham Lincoln statue can be found in Manchester, England, and Louisville, Kentucky. An additional work by Barnard featured on a University campus is “The God Pan,” at Columbia University. His collection of early Gothic sculptures and medieval architecture fragments were purchased in 1925 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and formed the basis of the Cloisters Museum in New York [Donna J. Hassler. "Barnard, George Grey.” Oxford Art Online. 2007. [Oxford, England]: Oxford University Press. http://www.oxfordartonline.com|"George Grey Barnard." Encyclopedia Britannica, inc. 2001. Encyclopedia Britannica online. [Chicago]: Encyclopedia Britannica. http://search.eb.com/].
- Dean, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H.
- "Barnard, George Grey." Columbia University, and Bartleby.com, Inc. 2004.Columbia encyclopedia. New York: Columbia University Press. http://www.bartleby.com/65/.
"Barnard, George Grey (1863-1938)," Hutchinson (Firm). 2011. The Hutchinson unabridged encyclopedia with atlas and weather guide. Oxford, England: Helicon. http://www.credoreference.com/book/heliconhe.
Donna J. Hassler. "Barnard, George Grey.” Oxford Art Online. 2007. [Oxford, England]: Oxford University Press. http://www.oxfordartonline.com.
"George Grey Barnard." Encyclopedia Britannica, inc. 2001. Encyclopedia Britannica online. [Chicago]:Encyclopedia Britannica. http://search.eb.com/.
Schwartz, Barry. 1991. "Iconography and Collective Memory: Lincoln's Image in the American Mind". Sociological Quarterly. 32 (3): 301-319.
- Cornell University
- Repository Location:
- Uris Library, Arthur H. Dean Reading Room, Cornell University
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About the collection
Cornell Campus Art and Artifacts lists about 2000 plaques, pictures, sculptures, and other objects of artistic and historical interest located on the Cornell campus. It is based on the 1984 book "Contributions to Cornell History: Portraits and Memorabilia". Information will be updated and supplemented with photographs. The existence of a publicly available catalog of Cornell's memorabilia is the first essential step to their preservation.