A Model For Lincoln

Cora Wandel

Washington, D.C., United States

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At the bottom of the photograph is a six-foot-high plaster model of the famous statue of Abraham Lincoln seated in the Lincoln Memorial. The plaster statue was made by sculptor Daniel Chester French as a working model to build the statue from.

Work began on the now world-famous seated statue of Lincoln in 1915 and several plaster models were created showing Lincoln in different poses, including standing. When the final design of the seated statue of Lincoln was decided upon, it was to be twelve feet high and made of bronze. But eventually Henry Bacon, the architect of the Lincoln Memorial building, felt that the statue needed to be larger in order to fit within the enormous size of the building and be visible from a distance through its columns, so the plans for the statue changed and the finished statue is over nineteen feet high and is made of Georgia marble instead of bronze. Architectural experts feel the adjusted size of the statue fits perfectly in the vast space of the Lincoln Memorial and that the change from bronze to marble makes the statue more visible from a distance through the tall white columns it sits behind.

The statue opened to the public on May 30, 1922, the date the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated. Former President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft presided over the dedication, and in attendance was Lincoln’s only surviving child, Robert Todd Lincoln.

The plaster model of the statue was photographed in 2009 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. where it was part of a multi-faceted exhibit honoring the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln, who was born on February 12, 1809.

Thank you to the groups “Canon DSLR” and “Statues and Such” for featuring this photograph.

The Lincoln Memorial has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since October 15, 1966.

Camera: Canon Rebel XTi 400D
(ISO: 1600; Tv: 1/60; Av: 4.0; Lens: 17-85mm)

This photograph is “as is” from the camera, there was no post processing.

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