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Daniel Chester French
Concord Minute Man of 1775
modeled 1889, cast 1917
bronze
32 1/4 x 17 1/8 x 18 3/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum



A youthful farmer turns from his plow and takes up his musket, resolutely stepping into action. A critic noted in 1886 that the figure embodies those “hearty New England virtues which have in large measure made all America what it is now.” This sculpture is a remodeled version of the original 1874 life-size statue erected in Concord, Massachusetts, as a monument to those who fell during the first battle of the Revolutionary War, a century earlier.