WELCOME to the “Hermon A. MacNeil” — Virtual Gallery & Museum !

~ This Gallery celebrates Hermon Atkins MacNeil,  of the Beaux Arts School American classic sculptor of Native images and American history.  ~ World’s Fairs, statues, monuments, coins, and more… ~ Hot-links ( lower right) lead to works by Hermon A. MacNeil.   ~ Over 200 of stories & 2,000 photos form this virtual MacNeil Gallery stretching east to west  New York to New Mexico ~ Oregon to S. Carolina.   ~ 2021 marks the 155th Anniversary of Hermon MacNeil’s birth. ~~Do you WALK or DRIVE by MacNeil sculptures DAILY!   ~~ CHECK it OUT!

DO YOU walk by MacNeil Statues and NOT KNOW IT ???

  READ  our  review  HERE   of:

Jim Haas’ BOOK~ Hermon Atkins MacNeil: American Sculptor  In the Broad, Bright Daylight    

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 CLICK HERE to purchase a MacNeil Medallion of

the Standing Liberty Quarter on eBay  photos  →  →

Author and historian, James E. Haas has completed 

“Hermon Atkins MacNeil:

American Sculptor

In the Broad, Bright Daylight”  

Now, Seventy-Five years after the sculptor’s death,

this definitive BIOGRAPHY  is available.

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Webmaster comments:

Our “Uncle Hermon,”

(who kept his gold and silver award medals in a drawer),

would be a little embarrassed

but modestly proud.

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James E. Haas

This is Haas’ sixth book.  All his works are rooted in the history of College Point.

James Haas  grew up there in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.  He learned as a boy that the twenty-five cent pieces that made a home in his pocket, were designed by a former neighbor named Hermon A. MacNeil.

The MacNeil’s built their Studio on the northern shore of College Point in 1902. The community was an easily defined peninsula on the East River, Burrough of Queens, in New York City. 

Listening and hearing tales of the generations of residents before him, Jim’s “young boy fascination” was stirred by conversations of local people and lore.  As an adult he chose to capture those sagas into words.  Jim distilled his writings with research and collaboration about his College Point roots and history.   

Two recurring of names woven through many stories were Hermon Atkins MacNeil and Carol (“Carrie”) Brooks MacNeil.  Their involvement in the Village’s efforts supporting the Great War “piqued” an additional interest in the couples service.  Now in his sixth volume, Haas puts this pair (the husband-wife sculptor team) in focus at center stage.

The 20 plus chapters form a chronology of the life and works of Hermon and Carrie MacNeil.  The research is thorough and thoughtful.  He is a heart-felt historian of his home town roots.  His story telling is as encompassing as their global accomplishments.

Cecelia MacNeil, Hermon’s widow credited the following statement to Adolph Block:

“… all that Hermon Atkins MacNeil lacks to acquire fame is a good biographer.”

Adolph Block  should know. He too was a sculptor ~  (more) and a student of MacNeil

All that Hermon MacNeil lacked

was a Good Biographer

 

But NOW in 2022

Hermon Atkins MacNeil’s BIOGRAPHY

is  Published 

And James E. Haas is his “Good Biographer”

 

CLICK HERE

to purchase Jim Haas’ biography of

Hermon Atkins MacNeil.

 

Postscript by Webmaster:

HermonAtkinsMacNeil.com/   [ HAM ]

Until 2010 the works of Hermon MacNeil had no central “Gathering Point” in the virtual world of digitized communication.

This website was created as a convergence for searches about

Hermon MacNeil.

Since 2010 this website has cornered the market on

Color images and vignettes of the

LIVES AND WORKS of Hermon and Carol MacNeil. 

https://hermonatkinsmacneil.com/ has added to their FAME

BUT

No one CHRONOLOGICAL STORY of the MacNeils is presented here.

NOW

THIS VOLUME BY JAMES HAAS HAS CREATED A

Thorough, Painstaking, Detailed, Systematic, Telling

that this American Sculptor has needed

for the last 75 years.

SO ENJOY !

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“… all that Hermon Atkins MacNeil lacks to acquire fame is a good biographer.”

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FOR MORE BOOKS BY JIM HAAS GO TO: 

https://www.amazon.com/   And Enter a Search for:   james e. haas

 

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REMOVE   IT!

A RED “X” and scribbles mark the decision to remove this monumental piece funded a century ago by the Benjamin Franklin Ferguson Monument Fund to adorn Chicago boulevard and green-ways with historic statuary.

The Chicago Monuments Project says REMOVE   IT!

So, we have “X-ed” out the Marquette Jolliet Illini sculpture from our photo posed in 2010.

After gracing the Douglas Park neighborhood for nearly a century, this sculpture by Hermon A. MacNeil is judged to deserve the

“aXe.” 

Click here for more on CMP

 

Axeually, it may get:

  1. Removal,
  2. Storage, and possibly
  3. Lending or Donation to a private venue.

The Report of the Chicago Monuments Project reads, in part:

“Jacques Marquette-Louis Jolliet Memorial”

» The sculpture reinforces stereotypes
about American Indians and glorifies
a complicated and painful history of Western expansion. It features a cowering American Indian, following submissively in the footsteps of Marquette

Recommended Next Steps

  • »  The artwork should be placed in storage

  • »  The city should initiate a conversation with the Marshall Square community, where the artwork is located, to study options for the development of new public art at the site

  • »  Agencies may also consider the long- term loan or donation of this artwork to a private organization

    MacNeil’s depiction of Marquette has the priest with an inviting open right hand and raising a cross above his heart.

Since 1926 this work has graced the bend of Marshall Boulevard and 24th Boulevard. 

 

 

 

 

 

VISITING THE MONUMENT

While it is still standing, the monument can be reached by:

Driving south down through Douglas Park on Sacramento Blvd to Marshall Blvd as it becomes West 24th Blvd. There you can find the 1925 bronze grouping of Pere Marquette, Louis Jolliete, and an Illinois Indian that faces the greenway of the boulevard. 

The monument stands on a six-foot (6′) base with bronze groupings almost twelve feet (12′) tall.  It’s removal will not be an easy extraction

Chicagoans approaching the Monument along Marshall and 24th Avenue Boulevards are greeted by the Jesuit’s open hand.

 

 

 

FYI:  MORE Discussion~ will come!

the Webmaster

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Medal of Honor for Sculpture, Architectural League of New York

 
Artist
Date of Birth 
(1866-1947)
 

Original clay models for the NY Architectural Medal. Photographed by Daniel N. Leininger at the archives of Swope Art Museum in Terra Haute, Indiana in 2012.

In 2012, I visited the Swope Art Museum in Terra Haute Indiana.  There I photographed many clay Models rescued from MacNeil’s studio in College Point after his death. 

My photos from that day include many familiar works.  Some became statues.  Others were never awarded commissions.   Those were never sculpted full size or cast into bronze.

 

 

Of interest here are the Original clay models for the NY Architectural Medal.  

SOURCE: All Photos by Daniel N. Leininger at the archives of Swope Art Museum in Terra Haute, Indiana in 2012

Both Obverse and Reverse of the original clay master are seen stored here at Swope Museum in Terra Haute, Ind.

“LEAGUE” becomes “LE[AG]VE” in Beaux Arts script.

MacNeil signature detail of clay Model. ‘FECIT’ is American English of the Latin verb (ˈfeikɪt, English ˈfisɪt). Meaning he made (it); she made (it): formerly used on works of art after the name of the artist.

THE MEDAL SCULPTING PROCESS

IS SHOWN IN THE FOLLOWING VIDEO:

 

Medal Maker  Video

“Medal Maker” VHS of 1997

click here to view

“The Medal Maker” shows how Laura Gardin Frazer makes a clay original model for the National Sculpture Society medal awarded to Daniel Chester French  The final bronze casting is pictured above on the video that preserves the original filming of her at work.

The presentation of this first NSS Medal to French honored for his sculptural work of the seated Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

That story was first first told here in 2012 at the following posting: 

JOURNEY TO SUPREME COURT: ~ A Stop at Daniel Chester French’s Abe Lincoln ~ Washington D.C. …

 

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The Webmaster has obtained an actual medal created by Hermon MacNeil and awarded to his colleague, A. A. Weinman.  That medallion was called the:

“New York Architectural League” Award

Of its sculpting and design, Joel Rosenkrantz has said:

“I do think it is an extraordinary medal, wonderful low relief work with a strong sense of perspective. The allegorical figures are just beautifully rendered.”        Joel Rosenkranz

But the provenance* of this particular medal is also an extraordinary linkage of these two sculptor-colleagues: * [chronology of the ownership ]

Hermon A. MacNeil

  & 

Adolf A. Weinman

The   Gold Medal   pictured above and below was actually awarded to none other than,

Adolf A. Weinman

Joel Rosenkranz obtained this piece of Beaux Arts history from a grandson of the renowned sculptor with an accompanying provenance tracing back to his grandfather’s estate.

In 1909, the New York Association of  Architects commissioned MacNeil to design this piece.

Of this medal design, Joel Rosenkrantz has said:

“I do think it is an extraordinary medal, wonderful low relief work with a strong sense of perspective. The allegorical figures are just beautifully rendered.”  Joel Rosenkranz

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The Obverse of the Award reads in English: 

“Architectutal League NY.”

NY Architectural League Medal -observe. [Photo Credit: Joel Rosenkranz, Conner~Rosenkranz, NY, NY.]  (www.crsculpture.com)

The Reverse of the Award reads: “statuariae artis peritissimo”

Which translates from Latin as:

the most skilled in the art of statuary.”

NY Architectural League Medal -Reserve.   [Photo Credit: Joel Rosenkranz, Conner~Rosenkranz, NY, NY.]   (www.crsculpture.com)

Thus the Award designates the bearer as :

“A Statuary Sculptor of the Highest Skills”

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These two contemporaries had many

parallel accomplishments.

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Weinman

&

MacNeil

Connections:

  1. Both sculptors designed Coinage.
  2. Both sculptors  served the National Sculpture Society as  presidents. 

    Five Presidents of National Sculpture Society. A.A. Weinman in center, H.A. MacNeil to his right. J.E. Frazer (lt) and H. Adams (rt) flack the group as they present Daniel Chester French (2nd lt.) with the National Sculpture Society Medal sculpted by Laura Gardin Frazer in 1929.

  3. Both were awarded the NY Architectural Medal that MacNeil designed.
  4. In 1932 Both sculpted friezes of  the United States Supreme Court building  in Washington D.C.:
    1. Weinman’s frieze is in the Court Chamber.
    2. MacNeil’s is the outdoor – East Pediment.
  5. Missouri State Capitol (ca. 1926)
    1. [Weinman –South Pediment;
    2. MacNeil – West Frieze ]
  6. Both were chosen by the McKim, Mead, and White Architects to complete on projects such as the:

    1. Hall of Fame for Great Americans
    2. Missouri Capitol Building
  7. 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. Both Weinman and MacNeil made multiple exhibits overlapping architectural and sculptural history:

https://www.pafa.org/museum/collection/item/medal-honor-sculpture-architectural-league-new-york Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

NOTES:

  1. Joel Rosenkranz, Partner in Conner~Rosenkranz, LLC., NY, NY.] (www.crsculpture.com)
  2. McKim, Mead, and White Architects

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~ MacNeil “Chief  of Multnomah” ~

 

Earns Surprising Sale Price!

 
SOURCE: https://www.askart.com/Artist_Art_For_Sale_Inquiry.aspx?adno=202382&artist=110997
 
 
 
 
A 37 inch half-height copy of
 
Hermon MacNeil’s
 
 
“Chief of the Multnomah”
 
sold for a WORLD Record at
 
The Coeur d’Alene Art Auction
 
Reno, Nevada
 
Estimated sale price was in the range of
 
$30,000-50,000.
 

The Coeur d’Alene Art Auction Image of the 37 inch version of the MacNeil piece.

 
 
 
“A CHIEF OF THE MULTNOMAH TRIBE”
(1905)
 
Hermon Atkins MacNeil
 
In 2021 the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction offered an artwork for sale by Hermon Atkins MacNeil.
 
Actual Sale Price: 
 
$351,000
 
Title:
A Chief of the Multnomah Tribe
(1905)
 
Type:  Sculpture
Medium:  Bronze
Style:  Other
Subject:  Western/Indian
Signature:  Signed and Dated
Size:  37.00″ x 12.00″
Foundry Mark:  Roman Bronze Works N-Y-
 
Description:  Estimate $30,000-50,000.
SOLD FOR $351,000 ~ A WORLD-RECORD
AT THE COEUR D’ALENE ART AUCTION-RENO!
Now taking consignments for our 2022 auction.
For more information please call 208.772.9009 or
 

“Coming of the White Man” original clay model 72 inches high at the Poppenhusen Institute in College Point, Queens, New York.

 
This “Chief of the Mulnomah Tribe” was a 37″ statue.
 
It was half the height
 
of the 74″
Chief
sculpted for the original 
“Coming of the
White Man”
seen at right ==>
in the original clay model
now at the
Poppenhusen Institute 
in College Point where MacNeil donated it before his death.
 
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“Chief of the Multnomah”
 
Here are MORE Postings on this site:
1).

Another of Hermon MacNeil’s “Chief of the Multnomah” Discovered in Vernon, New Jersey  Posted on May, 31, 2015 

Another Chief of the Mulnomah

Another Chief of the Multnomah

I’ve been noticing a magnificent piece of the scultpture for the past few years, located in Vernon N.J. at the Minerals Spa and Resort. After closer examination I discovered it is Chief Multnomah with his arms crossed, standing on tip toes looking outward. “The coming of the white man” is the title usually ascribed to this work, but in this case the chief stands alone without his scout or assistant as pictured on your web-site. It is signed simply, H.A. Macneil S.C. 04. Just thought it was a variation of the piece that you might find interesting.I’m not really sure how long its been there, because I’m relatively new to the area. Being a sculptor myself and one that is particularly fond on the late 19th cent/early 20th cent period, with the likes of Rodin, Bayre, Dega, etc. Macneil certainly is a strong and salutory member of that period. Regards, D. Moldoff.

My response was as follows:

Dear D. L. Moldoff,

Thanks for noticing sculpture around you and sharing the information.  The ‘Chief Multnomah’ is the larger Half of H. A. MacNeil’s “The Coming of the White Man.” (COTWM). While the COTWM piece is only at the Washington Park in Portland, OR, where it was commissioned for that city.  The original plaster sculpture model is in the Poppenhusen Institute in Queens, NYC, just blocks from MacNeil’s studio.

2).

“Chief of the Multnomah” ~ DO WE HAVE ONE? ~ ???????  Posted on Dec 21, 2013 

In the Summer of 2013, I received an email from Linette Porter-Metler of the Mount Vernon and Knox County Library of Mount Vernon, Ohio.  She enclosed the photos you see below.

Linette entitled her email,

“DO WE HAVE ONE?”

Here is what she said:

Thanks for your website!

We are a four-library public library system in Central Ohio.  All year, we have been celebrating our 125th Anniversary here as a public library in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and during our research we found that one of our sculptures donated to us in 1936 by a Dr. Freeman Ward may be one of The Chief of the Multnomah statues shown on your site. But it does have some differences as you can see by the photo compared to the one on your site at the New York museum.

Ours does not seem to have a number stating it was one of the copies (i.e. 4/20)..All it has is his name, the word “Multnomah”, and the number “03” etched on the side of his footrest. I will send photos. Also, there is a copper? Twisted piece at top of bow near his shoulder.

I will enclose as many photos as I can.  If you have any further information to share with us about this, we would appreciate it!

Thanks!

Linette Porter-Metler, Community Relations / Public Affairs, Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry Street, Mount Vernon, OHIO

My answer is simply:

YES,  MT. VERNON,

YOU HAVE ONE !

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Another “Chief of the Multnomah” Has Appeared in the East.    Posted on Nov, 10, 2011 

One of MacNeil’s  “Chief of the Multnomah Tribe”, (which has seen a lot in American history since 1904, and even more since “The Coming of the White Man”) still  stands guard silently over a once $25,000,000 estate in Easton, MD, known as Hidden Bridge Farm.   The future of both the “Chief” and the Estate remain uncertain.  The waterfront playground  property is now locked in Chapter 7 bankruptcy being handled by Easton attorney, James Vidmar.


These photos show  “A Chief of the Multnomah” as he overlooks the  Choptank River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  This same MacNeil statue featured in the previous posting on Nov. 8, 2011 was once owned by John A. Porter.  

A source has told us that the “Chief” was placed as the centerpiece on  this 540-acre Estate  by “John A. Porter.”  Porter achieved front page fame as the former CEO of Worldcom before its colossal collapse in 2000-2.  The scandal brought Worldcom into the news as the “Enron” of the tele-communication industry.

Daniela Deane, House Gossip for the Washington Post, described the situation  in 2002 in this way:

Hidden Bridge Farm, a 540-acre spread with five houses on it, is for sale for $26.5 million — about $16.5 million more than any other property has sold for on the Eastern Shore. The farm sits on 1.5 miles of waterfront on the Choptank River, about 10 miles southwest of Easton.

Besides the 10,000-square-foot all-brick manor house, the property also has a waterfront farmhouse, a 3,000-square-foot guest house, a caretaker’s house, a guest cottage and two two-bedroom …  Source: [ Daniela Deane. “House gossip; Eastern Shore Estate Asks a Record Price.” The Washington Post. Washingtonpost Newsweek Interactive. 2002. Retrieved November 08, 2011 from HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-325206 ]           

Deane’s story details one of the holdings of  John A. Porter who was worth over $500,000,000 in 1999.  Now, however, he is broke.  After loosing the Maryland property and “Chief Multnomah,”  he has had  to scale down to a 10,000 sq foot ocean-front mansion in Palm Beach.  That little homestead retreat is worth much less than Hidden Bridge only about $17,000,000.  Fortunately, Florida has a generous “Homestead Act”, known by locals as the “mansion loophole” act.

Some folks suggest that you might be able to “buy the farm” for possibly $14 Million, once it comes on the market.  The “Chief “  may (or may not) be included in the selling price.

 

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If MacNeil’s “Chiefs” Could Speak, What would They tell us Today?  Posted on Nov 13, 2011

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(Photo by Elizabeth Daley, Queens Chronicle) Posted on June 1, 2011

A recent estate auction featured a “Chief of the Multnomah” which is the right-hand half of the “Coming of the White Man” pair.

“Everything Must Go” was a feature story in the “Queens Chronicle” by Elizabeth Daley, editor (March 11, 2011).  Michael Halberian lived in the former Steinway Family Mansion.  It is uncertain whether the MacNeil sculpture was a Steinway heirloom that sold with the mansion or whether Mike discovered it in his appraisal work.

 

 

 

 

The Poppenhusen Institute houses this plaster model of “A Chief of the Multnomah” donated in 1920 by MacNeil. It represents half of the “Coming of the White Man” grouping comissioned in 1904 for the City of Portland, Oregon by the family of David P. Thompson. (photo courtesy of Bob Walker, College Point)

“A Chief of the Multnomah” is silent, but If he could only speak and share his observations of 150 years with the White Man 

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WHAT YOU FIND HERE.

Here is ONE place to go to see sculpture of Hermon A. MacNeil & his students. Located in cities from east to west coast, found indoors and out, public and private, these creations point us toward the history and values that root Americans.

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