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Nancy Hanks and Boy Abraham Lincoln (#4)

ca. 1929 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze on marble base 12 3/8 x 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (31.3 x 24.2 x 19.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1965.16.24 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49A


Luce Center Quote

"[I] depicted Lincoln as the brawny youth that he was." Paul Manship, Art Digest 6, 1932, quoted in Rand, Paul Manship, 1989

Luce Center Label

These studies of Abraham Lincoln were for a statue outside the Lincoln National Life Insurance Company offices in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Paul Manship wanted to show Lincoln as a younger man, but the earliest existing photo was taken when the future president was thirty-seven. To get an idea of what he might have looked like before this, Manship and the director of the insurance company, Louis A. Warren, toured the areas where Lincoln grew up in Indiana and Kentucky, and researched his family genealogy. Nancy Hanks and Boy Abraham Lincoln was one of the earlier studies, but Manship later rejected the figure of the mother and modeled Abraham Lincoln the Hoosier Youth for the commission.

Keywords

Occupation - education - teacher

Portrait female - Hanks, Nancy - full length

Portrait male - Lincoln, Abraham - child

Portrait male - Lincoln, Abraham - full length

sculpture

metal - bronze

stone - marble

cast

About Paul Manship

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

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