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~ This Gallery celebrates Hermon Atkins MacNeil,  of the Beaux Arts School American classic sculptor of Native images and American history.  ~ World’s Fairs, statues, monuments, coins, and more… ~ Hot-links ( lower right) lead to works by Hermon A. MacNeil.   ~ Over 200 of stories & 2,000 photos form this virtual MacNeil Gallery stretching east to west  New York to New Mexico ~ Oregon to S. Carolina.   ~ 2021 marks the 155th Anniversary of Hermon MacNeil’s birth. ~~Do you WALK or DRIVE by MacNeil sculptures DAILY!   ~~ CHECK it OUT!

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Feb
12

“Abe Lincoln” of Illinois ~ See MacNeil’s sculpture ‘in-the-round’ ~ MacNeil Month 2012

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Time is running out to see the refurbished Abraham Lincoln statue in-the-round, the way Hermon MacNeil sculpted it. 

MacNeil's Lincoln bust is beautifully restored on public display in the Spurlock Museum

We are told that the Spurlock Museum’s exhibit may end this spring or early summer.  The restored piece by Hermon A. MacNeil will return to the pristinely resurrected Lincoln Hall.  The relocation awaits the completion of the Main Lobby of the newly refurbished Hall.

Once again, MacNeil’s ‘Lawyer Lincoln’ will returned to his perch in the niche of the circular stairway.

Last time I traveled through Champaign, the Spurlock Museum was closed for the Christmas-New Year holidays.  I wanted to video the statue in its 360 degree perspective and rephotograph the MacNeil signature and ‘Roman Bronze Works’ marking on the rear of the piece.

MacNeil’s Lincoln, unlike most sculptures of him, is the ‘Lawyer Lincoln.’ He is clean-shaven, no beard, no ‘Mr. President Lincoln.’

This is THE Abe Lincoln of the ‘Land of Lincoln:’

  • Who came to Macon County in 1830 and build his father’s cabin.
  • Who would live in Illinois for the next 30 years.
  • Who settled in New Salem in 1831 to manage the mill.
  • Who volunteered with the Sangamon County company going to the Indian war in 1832.
  • Who returned to be appointed Postmaster of New Salem.
  • Who was elected to the State Legislature in 1834, 1836, 1838 and 1840.
  • Who courted Ann Rutledge, who died of ‘brain fever’ in 1835.
  • Who moved to the new Capitol in Springfield in 1837 to enter the practice of LAW with John T. Stuart.
  • Who Married Mary Todd of Kentucky in 1842.
  • Who was elected to Congress as a Whig in 1848.
  • Who traveled from Springfield by horseback across the County Seats of the Illinois Eighth Circuit Court.
  • Who argued over 5000 cases ranging from murder to boundary disputes
  • Who spoke in a simple and straightforward manner understandable by any farmer or citizen on the jury.
  • Whose quaint, homely stories were often filled with wit and humor and that made the point clearly.
  • Who campaigned for the the US Senate denouncing Stephen Douglas’popular sovereignty” doctrine.
  • Who received 110 ballots for nomination as Vice-President at the 1856 Republican National Convention.
  • Who delivered his “House Divided” speech at the Republican State convention of 1858.
  • Who challenged his opponent, Stephen Douglas, to seven debates across the state of Illinois in the 1858 Senatorial campaign.
  • Who from 1858 to 1860 made speeches throughout many states defining the Republican Party’s position.
  • Who won the Republican Party nomination and was elected President of the United States in 1860.
  • Who left Illinois after 30 years to seek to keep those same States “United.”
  • Whose body was returned to Illinois in 1865 for entombment in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield”
  • Hermon A. MacNeil's "Lincoln Lawyer" at the University of Illinois

  • “Now he belongs to the Ages”

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WHAT YOU FIND HERE.

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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1. Take digital photos of the work from all angles, including setting.
2. Take close up photos of details that you like
3. Look for MacNeil’s signature. Photograph it too! See examples above.
4. Please, include a photo of you & others beside the work.
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