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~ 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.

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

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Sep
26

‘Hermon A. MacNeil’ found in Video from 1929

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Four past-presidents of the National Sculpture Societycongratulate Daniel Chester FrenchHermon MacNeil is 4th from the left as James Earle Frazer, Adolph Alex Weinman, and Herbert Adams, celebrate this Award of the first National Sculpture Society Medal.  [MacNeil is 4th from left as Frazer, Weinman and Adams congratulate Daniel Chester French.]

Laura Gardin Frazer & James Earle Frazer a married sculptor couple as were Hermon & Carol B. MacNeil. (Photo Credit: NY State Morgan Horse Society)

The medal was crafted by Laura Gardin Faszer, as depicted in the earlier segments of this complete film, entitled the “Medal Maker”.  Originally, the film was silent.  Nearly seventy years later in 1997, it was restored and reissued by Medallic Arts Company [ www.medallic.com ] and Mike Craven Productions with narration and additional color footage.  This reissue is what can be viewed here.

In this rare film from 1929, sculptor Laura Gardin Fraser is recorded creating the mold for the most prestigious medal awarded in America. Fraser was the first woman to design a coin for the U.S. Treasury, and she won several sculpture medals of her own. Her works include a double statue of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson on horseback, and relief panels at the West Point library. The original film has been reformatted, and is in color with black-and-white footage. Narration is provided by sculptor Elizabeth Jones, who is a former Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint. 

[ Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/medal-maker-laura-gardin-fraser-master-sculptor#ixzz1WpVuaLFb ]

The Four segments of the film are viewable at these YouTube locations:

Part ONE      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxYO6LJtVdY

Part TWO     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfWLB2dMl_w

PartTHREE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1qG_oArwoI

Part FOUR:     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81No7kWeXtc&feature=related

Part FOUR of the “Medal Maker” video begins with Daniel Chester French on screen sculpting a horse.  It switches to a view of French being presented the NSS Medalion by Adolph Alfred Weiman as James Earle Frazer, Hermon Atkins MacNeil, and Herbert Adams look on.

Pictured in Part THREE of the video is this photo of a Banquet on April, 9 1937 of the Society of Medalists – at Medallic Art Company, where this film was shown for the first time to a gathering of sculptors.  I have marked in red a face that resembles Hermon Atkins MacNeil.  [Apologies Uncle Hermon if that is not you. webmaster]. 

The host, Clyde Trees, owner of Medallic Arts Company, had hope that two dozen sculptors attend.  When seventy-five (75) accepted his invitation and the little shops at 210 East 51st Street in downtown Manhattan were overwhelmed.  Work benches, tables , and presses of the Medallic Arts Company were moved aside to make room for the gathering. A Commemorative Medal bearing the profile image of Augustus Saint Gaudens was struck by Mr. Trees as a ‘party favor’ for the occasion. Commemorative Medal

MEDAL MAKER VIDEO:  www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=A69802FB6478AB3B

STORY OF THE 1997 REISSUE OF ‘MEDAL MAKER’ VIDEO:  http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n31a13.html 

Highlighted for visitors is the complete film, “The Medal Maker.” First shown to the Society of Medalists in 1929, it features multi-award winning coin and medal designer, sculptor Laura Gardin Fraser in her famous New York Studio in 1929 creating the models for the Special Medal of Honor for the National Sculpture Society, America’s highest sculptural award. Every step of creation and production is shown, including sketching, preparing background plate, transferring the drawing and applying clay pellets to the model, foundry casting of the pattern, die making and striking the medal at Medallic Art Company. This exceptional movie is narrated by Elizabeth Jones, sculptor, and former United States Mint Chief Engraver, from her studio in Philadelphia.

www.medallic.com

For further Biography on Laura Gardin Frazer and her famous sculptor husband, James Earle Frazer, see :   http://www.nysmhs.org/history/LauraGardinFraser/index.htm

 

 

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