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!

Aug
31

MacNeil’s “Ezra Cornell” ~ New Photos

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Here are the first nine photos of the statue of Ezra Cornell taken on a recent trip through New York state and Cornell University campus by my friend and a fellow history buff, Chris Carlsen and his son, Jensen.  Chris was staying at “Old Stone Heap,” the home of his friend William Buckley “Buck” Briggsan Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell.  Click on Buck’s name above to check out his bio and see his extensive NFL expertise.  ( Buck can also be heard doing the “color” radio broadcasts for the “Big Red” Cornell Football team.  “Uncle Ezra” would be proud! )

Anyway, quality photos of ‘Uncle Ezra’ like these by Chris are rare.  Detail closeups of the signature, foundry mark, and image features have never been seen before on this website. Nor have I seen them on any other website either.  We have them from a 360 degree perspective.  [ Webmaster is Proud. “Uncle Ezra would be proud!” ]

MacNeil once told an interviewer that as he sculpted Ezra Cornell’s features, he realized the man’s resemblance to his own father, John Clinton MacNeil.  After that insight, the sculptor said that his labors became a work of happy enthusiasm.  [ “Papa John AND Uncle Hermon would be proud!” ]

This MacNeil work was begun in 1917. It’s public dedication was delayed until 1919 due to World War I. A photo of all the straw hats at the dedication can be seen at Chronicle On-Line: Nov 6, 2007

“Stay tuned more to come later.”  ~ Webmaster

Thanks Chris 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H. A. MacNeil, Sc. 1917

 

Roman Bronze Works in NYC was the premire foundry used by MacNeil for its 'Lost Wax' process of casting.

 

 

 

 

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WHAT YOU FIND HERE.

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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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.
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