Timeline: Daniel Chester French (1850-1931)

April 20, 1850

  • Born in Exeter, New Hampshire.

1869

  • Executes bust of his father, Henry Flagg French, and relief of his sister, Sarah Flagg French.

March-April 1870

  • Works in studio of John Quincy Adams Ward.

Winter 1871-2

  • Studies with William Rimmer.

November 1873

  • Commissioned to execute Minute Man for town of Concord, Massachusetts.

October 1874

  • Goes to Florence, Italy. Works in studio of Thomas Ball.

April 19, 1875

  • Minute Man dedicated.

August 1876

  • Returns from Italy.

November 1876

  • Resides in Washington. Begins first of three government commissions, groups for U.S. Custom House, Saint Louis.

April 1878

  • Completes groups for Saint Louis.

May 1878

  • Signs contract for sculpture on U.S. Court House and Post Office, Philadelphia. Returns to Concord.

March 1879

  • Begins bust of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

May 1880

  • Begins third government commission, sculpture on U.S. Post Office and Subtreasury, Boston.

May 6, 1882

  • Elected member Society of American Artists, New York.

December 1882

  • Brother, William M. R. French (1843-1914), becomes director of newly organized Art Institute of Chicago.

Winter 1883

  • Spends winter in New York. Completes sculpture for Boston Post Office.

June 1883

  • Commissioned to make statue of John Harvard.

July 1883

  • Attends Frederick Crowninshield’s Art School, Richmond, Massachusetts.

October 15, 1884

  • John Harvard dedicated.

February 1886

  • First sketch of Memory.

October 1886

  • Departs for Paris.

May 1887

  • Completes full size model of Lewis Cass. Receives contract for Thomas Gallaudet Memorial.

July 1887

  • Returns to United States.

May 1888

  • Purchases home and studio in New York.

July 7, 1888

  • Marries Mary French.

February 1889

  • Commissioned for Milmore Memorial.

June 26, 1889

  • Thomas Gallaudet Memorial unveiled.

August 3, 1889

  • Daughter, Margaret, born in Concord, Massachusetts.

July 1891

  • Commissioned for Republic, World’s Columbian Exposition.

November 1891

  • Returns to Paris. Contracts for Milmore Memorial to be cast in bronze.

February 1892

  • Returns to United States. Begins enlargements of Republic. Works with Edward C. Potter on Triumph of Columbia and Agriculture for World’s Columbian Exposition. Begins John Boyle O’Reilly Memorial for Boston.

December 1892

  • Second collaborations with Charles F. McKim, Theophilus W. Walker relief for Bowdoin College.

March 1896

  • Selected as sculptor for Richard Morris Hunt Memorial, New York.

1897

  • Buys property at Glendale, Massachusetts; begins renovation and design of summer home and studio, Chesterwood. At work on Doors, Boston Public Library, George Washington, for Paris, France, and Parkman Memorial.

September 1900

  • Begins model for Joseph Hooker, with Edward C. Potter.

April 1901

  • Signs contract for Alma Mater, Columbia University.

June 1901

  • Sculpture for Hunt Memorial installed.

February 1903

  • Begins collaboration with Cass Filbert on the Continents for U.S. Custom House, New York.

May 18, 1903

  • Elected Trustee, Metropolitan Museum of Art

September 23, 1903

  • Alma Mater unveiled.

June 1904

  • At work on new model for Parkman Memorial.

1906

  • Parkman Memorial complete.

1906-7

  • Begins model of Melvin Memorial; Henry Bacon, architect.

May 1907

  • The Continents in place.

October 1908

  • Melvin Memorial completed.

June 1909

  • Appointed sculptor for Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln Nebraska; Henry Bacon, architect.

January 1910

  • Resumes work on Memory.

June 15, 1910

  • Appointed member Commission on Fine Arts, Washington.

1911

  • At work on Lincoln.

1912

  • Lincoln unveiled.

January 1913

  • Selected as sculptor for Alger Memorial, Detroit; Henry Bacon, architect.

February 1913

  • Commissioned for Trask Memorial, Saratoga Springs; Henry Bacon, architect.

December 1913

  • Appointed sculptor for Manhattan and Brooklyn, Manhattan Bridge.

December 1914

  • Offered commission as sculptor of Abraham Lincoln for Lincoln Memorial, Washington.

1915

  • Mourning Victory (Melvin Memorial) presented to Metropolitan Museum.

June 1915

  • Resigns from Commission of Fine Arts. Trask Memorial unveiled.

April 1916

  • Working model of Lincoln ready for inspection.

November 1916

  • Manhattan Bridge groups completed and in place.

March 7, 1917

  • Selected as sculptor for Dupont Memorial.

February 1919

  • Marble statue of Memory presented to Metropolitan Museum of Art.

May 17, 1921

  • Dupont Memorial dedicated.

June 1921

  • Selected as sculptor for First Division Memorial; Cass Gilbert, architect.

July 27, 1921

  • Alger Memorial dedicated.

May 30, 1922

  • Lincoln dedicated.

October 4, 1924

  • First Division Memorial unveiled.

1929

  • Begins work on Andromeda.

October 7, 1931

  • Dies at Chesterwood.

1932

  • Memorial Exhibition, Grand Central Galleries, New York.

1950

  • Exhibition at Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

 
 

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