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Chesterwood to Hold Free Public Program on Oct. 29
Stockbridge, Mass. (Oct. 19, 2016) – Chesterwood will hold a free community program on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Daniel Chester French’s final plaster model of Abraham Lincoln for the seated figure of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The event is sponsored, in part, by The Chesterwood Advisory Council and Price Chopper.
The public is invited to visit French’s studio to view the Lincoln model, dated Oct. 31, 1916 and signed by the artist, as well as his many other preliminary models for public sculpture. The program will feature sculptors creating clay models, along with the opportunity for visitors to try their hand at clay modeling. Clay and modeling tools will be provided.
Prizes will be awarded to everyone who attends the event wearing a Lincoln costume. “Lincoln-inspired” cake and cider will be served.
“We are delighted to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Daniel Chester French’s final plaster model of Abraham Lincoln and look forward to welcoming all to French’s studio, where this iconic American work was created. It’s also an ideal time to walk the grounds and view the fall foliage in Chesterwood’s beautiful landscape,” said Executive Director Donna Hassler.
Chesterwood, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is the summer home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). French is best known for his sculptures of the Minute Man (1871-75) in Concord, Mass., and the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln (1911-22) for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
Situated on 122 acres in the idyllic hamlet of Glendale near Stockbridge, Mass., the property and its buildings were donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation by French’s only child Margaret French Cresson (1889-1973). Chesterwood is recognized as both a National Historic Landmark and a Massachusetts Historic Landmark. 4 Williamsville Rd., Stockbridge, Mass. (413) 298-3579. www.chesterwood.org
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Daniel Chester French with the final seven-foot plaster model of the seated Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., 1925. Chapin Library, Williams College, Gift of the National Trust for Historic Preservation / Chesterwood, a National Trust Historic Site, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, NT 73.45.5002