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  • The Minute Man

    The Minute Man

    In the small town of Concord, Massachusetts, there stands one of the greatest icons of American art, dedicated one hundred years to the day after the Revolutionary War battle it commemorated. In 1872, a committee of citizens awarded a commission to create a monument commemorating the battle at the North Bridge to promising local sculptor [...]

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  • Lincoln Memorial

    Lincoln Memorial

    When Daniel Chester French began his life as a sculptor, the most famous American public monuments were portrait figures and equestrian statues, installed in the rotundas of public buildings and in parks.  The Lincoln Memorial, executed at the end of his career, reflects the expansion of the role of both the artist and architect.  Both figures had become [...]

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  • The Continents

    The Continents

    Following the Spanish-American War (April-August, 1898), the vast territorial empire that was the United States extended from Cuba to the Philippines.  By the early 1900s, approximately three-quarters of all federal revenue came from customs duties, most of it through the bustling port of New York.  Sited in lower Manhattan, the scale and splendor of the [...]

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  • Samuel F. Dupont Memorial

    “A dry fountain is a pitiful spectacle…”
    - Daniel Chester French to the Commission of Fine Arts
     
    In 1882, Congress authorized the creation of a statue honoring Civil War Admiral Samuel du Pont, to be located in a newly-fashionable neighborhood in the District of Columbia, not far from the White House.  The du Pont family, however, never [...]

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  • French Added to The Met’s Timeline of Art History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art has added a biography and timeline for Daniel Chester French to the Met’s timeline of Art History. This is an incredibly useful resource with links and images. Check it out!

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  • President Obama on Daniel Chester French

    President Obama spoke about Daniel Chester French during his remarks at the America’s Promise Alliance Education Event on March 1, 2010.
    The reference to French came at the end of the President’s speech:
    Now, there’s an old story that Colin [Powell] has told about a man named George Ellis, who lived about a hundred years ago. And George Ellis was a [...]

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  • Remembering Margaret French Cresson

    Remembering Margaret French Cresson

    In honor of Women’s History Month, we fondly remember Daniel Chester French’s only child, Margaret French Cresson (1889-1973).  Born in Concord, Massachusetts, Peggy, as she was called by her family and friends, spent 77 years on her father’s country estate in Stockbridge.  Thanks to her foresight and generosity, Chesterwood is preserved as a museum and historic site today.
    Margaret French Cresson
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