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,

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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!

May
07

Connecticut History statues by H. A. MacNeil ~~ “General Alfred Howe Terry” and “Major General John Sedgwick”

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MacNeil's 1934 statue of General Alfred Howe Terry on the south elevation of the Connecticut State Capitol

We have recently learned that a large group of MacNeil statues (7) rest on the Gothic sculpture niches of the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut.The carvings represent important persons and events in American and Connecticut history.  Here are two examples of these works commissioned in the 1930’s:

<= General Alfred Howe Terry statue.

Location: Connecticut State Capitol, south elevation.

Artist: Hermon MacNeil.

General Alfred Howe Terry (1827-1890) was born in Hartford Connecticut. He was one of 15 officers to receive the “Thanks of Congress” for his part in capturing Fort Fisher, North Carolina during the Civil War (1865)∗ The Union Army’s capture of this Fort ended the Confederate’s ability to use Wilmington, North Carolina as a shipping port, and was therefore a significant victory. Terry later led U.S. troops against the Plains Indians, and was in command of the expedition against the Sioux when Colonel George A. Custer was killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn (June 1876). He retired from the Army due to illness in 1888, and died two years later.

The statue was commissioned under the supervision of the state Commission on Sculpture and was installed about 1934. A cleaning and restoration project of the exterior of the capitol, including the Welles statue, was completed in 1985.  The artist, Hermon MacNeil, is best known for his design for the Liberty quarter dollar (1916). His naturalistic style, with high modeling and surface texture, reflects his Parisian training at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts. His works are included in public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. [∗ Boman, John (Ed.), 2001. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography. Accessed March 23, 2009 via iConn at http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=khh&AN=24F18006Terry&site=ehost-live. ] [ Information provided by Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT WAR MEMORIALS ]

General John Sedgwick occupies a niche alongside the statues of Gideon Welles and General Alfred Howe Terry.

<= Major General John Sedgwick statue

Location: Connecticut State Capitol, south elevation.

Artist: Hermon MacNeil

Continuing the Civil War Era theme of the south elevation, the statue of Major General John Sedgwick occupies a niche alongside the statues of Gideon Welles and General Alfred Howe Terry.

General John Sedgwick (1813-1864) was born in Cornwall, Connecticut. His grandfather served with George Washington in the Revolutionary War. Sedgwick served with distinction in the Mexican-American War, and was promoted to Major General during the Civil War (July, 1862). He was killed when shot by Confederate sharpshooters at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House May 9, 1864, during his command of the VI Corps of the Army of the Potomac.

[ Information provided by Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT WAR MEMORIALS ]

Other works by Hermon MacNeil at the Capitol include: Gideon Wells, Oliver Wolcott, David Humphreys, and General David Wooster.

Images of these works will be posted at a later date.

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WE DESIRE YOUR DIGITAL PHOTOS – Suggestions

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.
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