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There Will Be Other Towers for Thee to Build

1940 Walker Hancock Born: St. Louis, Missouri 1901 Died: Gloucester, Massachusetts 1998 Medallic Art Company (Founder) Society of Medallic Arts (Commissioner) bronze 1/8 x 2 7/8 in. (0.3 x 7.4 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle 1972.167.3 Not currently on view


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Walker Hancock won the National Sculpture Society’s Lindsey Morris Sterling Memorial Prize in 1941 for the design of this medal. On the reverse side, two saplings rise from the blasted tree trunk, echoing the classical figures on the obverse. The young trees also refer to the imaginative and adventuresome children addressed in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “The Castle-Builder”:

There will be other towers for thee to build;
  There will be other steeds for thee to ride;
There will be other legends, and all filled
  With greater marvels and more glorified.

Keywords

Allegory - quality - hope

Figure group - male - nude

Landscape - tree

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

relief

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Born: St. Louis, Missouri 1901 Died: Gloucester, Massachusetts 1998

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