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

Since 2010 this website has transported viewers through the years and miles between 100’s of Hermon MacNeil’s statues & monuments throughout the USA.

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

PERHAPS,  you walk or drive by one of his public sculptures daily. HERE, you can gain awareness of this great sculptor and his many works.  Maybe there are some near you! CHECK HERE!

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Washington Square – NYC – Fiction and Reality

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Hermon A. MacNeil’s sculpture of George Washington on the Arch in Washington Square, Greenwich Village, has become a fixture in the background of New York City. That is a reality.

I recently saw a glimpse of the Arch over Will Smith’s shoulder during a race scene from the 2007 film “I Am Legend.” Smith plays Robert Neville, a character based on the apocalyptic novel of the same name by Richard Matheson. Washington Square provides the setting for 100s of New York scenes in the cinema.  See forty popular examples HERE.

H. A. MacNeil's "Washington at War" framed by figures of "Fame" and "Valor" in the background balances the east side of the Arch in Washington Square while Alexander Stirling Calder's "Washington as President" graces the west side. Both sculptors studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the 1890's and represent that art style.

In the nearly 100 years since its installation, MacNeil’s marble depiction of George Washington as Commander of the Continental Army has undergone acclaim, abuse, neglect, appreciation, decay, and finally in 2004, restoration.   Fortunately, neither the statue or NYC have experienced the epidemic level of decay depicted in the disturbing “I am Legend” novel and film mentioned above.  That novel was fiction. Repair of both MacNeil’s Washington and Calder’s Washington were part of the Arch restoration proposal of NYC Dept of Parks and Recreation. That part is reality. Renovations to the entire Park are ongoing. Citizens groups like the Washington Square Association and Friends of Washington Square Park help to lead the way.

The original MacNeil piece was added to the Arch twenty years after its initial construction in 1892.  The artist accompanied his Washington with the allegorical figures of “Fame” and “Valor” in the background of the panel framing his work.  Alexander Stirling Calder added the figures of “Wisdom” and “Justice” to his Washington as President on the west leg of the arch.  Before the renovation LIFE magazine did a feature article on the weather-beaten figures.

Calder's "George Washington as President" as it appeared before restoration.

For a Video Tour and narration Greenwich Village, Washington Square, and the Arch with MacNeil’s Washington and the other sculptures (Calder, MacMonnies) see this MuseumPlanet site:  http://www.museumplanet.com/tour.php/nyc/wv/15

For another view of MacNeil’s Washington as Commander-in-chief and an amazing virtual tour of the Washington Square Park and Greenwich area check out WorldFlicks also.

While decay and apocalyptic fears abound in every generation, we can be thankful for the good people of NYC, their Department of Parks and Recreation, and Citizens groups like the Washington Square Association and Friends of Washington Square Park for maintaining the heritage and beauty our everyday history as US citizens.

Visit this MacNeil Statue in Washington Square, Greenwich Village, New York City.  Use the Google Map guide below for directions: —>

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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.
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