Abraham Lincoln the Hoosier Youth

  • Paul Manship, Abraham Lincoln the Hoosier Youth, 1929, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1965.16.16

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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.

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"[I] depicted Lincoln as the brawny youth that he was.” Paul Manship, Art Digest 6, 1932, quoted in Rand, Paul Manship, 1989
Title
Abraham Lincoln the Hoosier Youth
Artist
Date
1929
Location
Dimensions
18 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (46.4 x 15.9 x 15.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Lincoln, Abraham – child
Object Number
1965.16.16
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