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French Heroes Fund Medal

1918 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 Medallic Art Company (Founder) bronze 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1965.16.63 Not currently on view

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The French Heroes Fund was established by Americans to rehabilitate wounded French soldiers, to help their families, and to aid children orphaned by the First World War. The fund purchased the childhood château of the Marquis de Lafayette---our ally in the American Revolution---and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of the French. The obverse of Paul Manship’s medal depicts soldiers advancing past a fallen comrade on a battlefield strewn with wildflowers and fleurs-de-lis, the ancient badge of French glory. On the reverse, an allegorical figure of America wears the Phrygian cap and classical gown that also symbolize Marianne, France’s own “Lady Liberty,” who first appeared in images celebrating the French Revolution of 1789.


Allegory - place - America

Allegory - quality - charity

Emblem - Fleur-de-lis

Figure group - female and child

Figure group - male

Figure(s) in exterior - battlefield

Occupation - military - soldier

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze



About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

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