Fortitude

  • Paul Manship, Fortitude, 1955, bronze, marble, wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1965.16.17

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In 1932, Paul Manship completed the statue Abraham Lincoln, The Hoosier Youth for the Lincoln National Life Insurance Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The final statue, together with its base, is a massive twenty-two feet tall and shows a young Lincoln sitting on a tree stump with a dog at his side. Fortitude is one of four small relief medallions that adorn the base of the statue. Manship sculpted these images to represent the "major qualities which Lincoln possessed---Patriotism, Justice, Fortitude and Charity" (Manship, quoted in Harry Rand, Paul Manship, 1989).

Title
Fortitude
Artists
Date
1955
On View
Dimensions
14 3/8 x 12 1/2 x 5 7/8 in. (36.4 x 31.8 x 15.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male – nude
  • Study – sculpture model
  • Animal – lion
  • Allegory – quality – fortitude
Object Number
1965.16.17
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