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

~ This Gallery celebrates Hermon Atkins MacNeil, American sculptor of the Beaux Arts School. MacNeil led a generation of sculptors in capturing many fading Native American images and American history in the realism of this classic style.

~ World’s Fairs, statues, public monuments, coins, and buildings across to country. Hot-links (on the lower right) lead to photos & info of works by MacNeil.

~ Hundreds of stories and photos posted here form this virtual MacNeil Gallery of works all across the U.S.A.  New York to New Mexico — Oregon to South Carolina.

~ 2016 marked the 150th Anniversary of Hermon MacNeil’s birth on February 27,

Take a Virtual Journey

This website seeks to transport you through miles and years with a few quick clicks of a mouse or keyboard or finger swipes on an iPad.

Perhaps you walk or drive by one of MacNeil's many sculptures daily. Here you can gain awareness of this artist and his works.

For over one hundred years his sculptures have graced our parks, boulevards, and parkways; buildings, memorials, and gardens; campuses, capitols, and civic centers; museums, coinage, and private collections.

Maybe there are some near you!


Cornell University


MacNeil began his teaching at Cornell. He taught as an Instructor of Industrial Art there for three years beginning in 1886. He also sculpted a bust of the first dean of the Law School Judge Douglas Boardman in 1893.   Later, he archived his personal papers in the library at Cornell.  In 1930 he was asked to make a sculpture of Ezra Cornell, the founder of the school to grace the campus.  MacNeil’s fingerprints remain on the university as seen below:

Video of Cornell Campus with a brief view of the Ezra Cornell Statue sculpted by MacNeil (23 seconds in):

The Collected Papers of Hermon Atkins MacNeil were placed in the Cornell Library.  The detail description list as follows:

Letters from colleagues, public figures, friends, relatives, and others concerning the execution and sale of various works, his nomination to membership in honorary and professional societies and related professional and social matters; an autobiographical sketch (typescript carbon), 1943, membership certificates and citations, numerous photographs of the artist and his sculpture, newspaper clippings on his career, and miscellaneous printed items. Also, messages of condolence and formal tributes sent to his widow, Cecelia W. Muench MacNeil, obituaries, and press reports concerning a memorial established for the artist. Correspondents include Adriaan Jacob Barnouw, Emile Brunet, Jo Davidson, William Henry Fox, Carl Paul Jennewein, Leon Kroll, and Victor Emanuel III”

Link to Papers of Hermon Atkins MacNeil archieved at Cornell Library:

The Cornell Law Library contains a bust sculpture by MacNeil of the first dean,
The semicircular oriel window in the room contains the bust of Judge Douglass Boardman, first dean of Cornell Law School, 1887-1891. The artist was Herman A. MacNeil, who dated the work 1893. This bust stood in the main staircase of Boardman Hall before it was moved to Myron Taylor Hall, first outside the Moot Court Room and then into the Rare Book Room.

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Nearby or far away, there is no ONE place to go and appreciate this wide range of art pieces. Located in cities from east to west coast, found indoors and out, public and hidden, these creations point us toward the history and values in which our lives as Americans have taken root.

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1. Take digital photos of the entire work from several angles, including the surroundings.
2. Take close up photos of details that capture your imagination.
3. Look for MacNeil’s signature, often on bronze works. Photograph it too! See examples above.
4. Please, include a photo of yourself and/or those with you standing beside the work.
5. Add your comments or a blog of your adventure. It adds personal interest for viewers.
6. Send photos to HAMacNeil@gmail.com Contact me there with any questions. ~~ Webmaster