Nancy Hanks and Boy Abraham Lincoln (#1)

  • Paul Manship, Nancy Hanks and Boy Abraham Lincoln (#1), ca. 1929, bronze on marble base, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1965.16.21

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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.

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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
Nancy Hanks and Boy Abraham Lincoln (#1)
Artist
Date
ca. 1929
On View
Dimensions
15 3/4 x 8 x 6 1/4 in. (40 x 20.4 x 16.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze on marble base
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Hanks, Nancy – full length
  • Portrait male – Lincoln, Abraham – full length
  • Portrait male – Lincoln, Abraham – child
  • Occupation – education – teacher
Object Number
1965.16.21
Palette
Linked Open Data
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