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Archive for May, 2010

Hermon Atkins MacNeil 1916

Hermon MacNeil's Standing Liberty Quarter was one of the first US Coins designed by an sculptor.

J. H. Cline’s 45 year admiration of Hermon A. MacNeil’s Liberty Standing sculpture is documented in his carefully crafted volume “Standing Liberty Quarters.” The book tells the story of this Liberty Coin from the standpoint of the sculptor, the author and nearly a century of numismatic following. Mr. Cline offers his boyhood fascination (which seems to have never left him) in the first chapter in delightful narrative.  Cline goes on to tell in the additional chapters of 2) the Smithsonian’s prized collection of MacNeil’s coin; 3) Hermon A. MacNeil — a brief bio of the artist with photos not seen elsewhere; 4) Government bureaucracy — the story and MacNeil’s correspondence (over 40 pages of  actual letters included) with the Treasury and Mint officials concerning the ‘exposed’ breast and 100’s of other ‘details’; 5) the two models whose images were combined for the sculpture; 6) Errors in minted coins, 7) Connisseur section for serious collectors; 8) Year and Mintmark analysis, 9) Grading Criteria mostly developed by Cline over the years; 10) Value Analysis 1979-2006.

Definitive discussion from a lifetime perspective comes off the pages. We welcome the work of J. H Cline as an author, numismatist, and MacNeil enthusiast.

Here’s a link to J H Cline’s Book at his website: http://www.slqs.com/

Jay Cline's 4th Ed. of Liberty Quarters has excellent information on Hermon MacNeil and this artwork piece minted from 1916- 33

And also at Amazon:

This last link goes to Mr. Cline’s business site, specializing in Liberty Standing Quarters.


Cornell University

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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.

George Washington as Commanding General of the Continental Army

MacNeil’s “Washington at War” graces one side of the Arch in Washington Square  at Greenwich Village. Behind the General are representations of Fame and Valor.

The New York Times of May 27, 1916, in an article entitled, “Washington Arch Gets Heroic Group,” quotes Hermon Atkins MacNeil describing his Washington as:

“… alert, and with his hands resting on his sword, intently watching the manoeuvers of his army. He is garbed with a cloak thrown over his Continental uniform and cockade hat.

The Massive character of the arch and pedestals calls for a vigorous, solid mass in the sculpture. As a transition both in idea and treatment  between the portrait statue and the pier behind it, two standing figures in relief are decoratively arranged beyond the Washington and set into the pier of the arch. These figures typify Fame and Valor and are bearing emblems appropriate to their character as well as supporting the shield, encircled by a wreath, which forms a background to the head of Washington himself.”

Washington Arch illuminated at sunset

Other Washington Square Images:

Washington Arch Images:

MacNeil modeled Black Pipe after meeting him in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show at the Chicago Worlds Fair ~ (photo by D. Neil Leininger) ~

Gregory H. Jenkins has posted stories of the Marquette Bronze relief panels at the Marquette Building – 140 N. Dearborn St. – Chicago.  Black Pipe, the Sioux that MacNeil met at the Buffalo Bill’s Wild west Show, adjacent to the 1983 Columbian Exposition, posed for him in 1894.  Some of the detail in the Bronze panel sculptures is amazingly intriguing up close.

Click HERE to see Jenkins comments and photos at: Chicago Sculpture in the Loop http://chicagosculptureintheloop.blogspot.com/2009/07/marquette-buiding-hermon-atkins-macneil.html


George Rogers Clark

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This glistening bronze of Colonel George Rogers Clark after a sculpture by Hermon Atkins McNeil stands in the rotunda of the National Memorial in Vincennes, Indiana to his frontier vistory over the British in 1779 during the American revolution.

MacNeil statue of George Rogers Clark in the panaroma of murals that encircle the inside of the Rotunda in Vincennes.

MacNeil poses Clark with his sword at rest. The piece commands a presence.

For more on the monument check out the National Park Service link below:

Clark National Monument

1. More story and photos at:

National Park Service website.

2. And Videos On Construction and Reconstruction

3. Reinactment Videos:

4. Wabash River Flooding at Clark Monument:


5. Rededication Ceremony 2009:


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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