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“New York Architectural League Medal” ~Original Clay Models saved from the MacNeil Studio ~ 1947

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Medal of Honor for Sculpture, Architectural League of New York

 
Artist
Date of Birth 
(1866-1947)
 

Original clay models for the NY Architectural Medal. Photographed by Daniel N. Leininger at the archives of Swope Art Museum in Terra Haute, Indiana in 2012.

In 2012, I visited the Swope Art Museum in Terra Haute Indiana.  There I photographed many clay Models rescued from MacNeil’s studio in College Point after his death. 

My photos from that day include many familiar works.  Some became statues.  Others were never awarded commissions.   Those were never sculpted full size or cast into bronze.

 

 

Of interest here are the Original clay models for the NY Architectural Medal.  

SOURCE: All Photos by Daniel N. Leininger at the archives of Swope Art Museum in Terra Haute, Indiana in 2012

Both Obverse and Reverse of the original clay master are seen stored here at Swope Museum in Terra Haute, Ind.

“LEAGUE” becomes “LE[AG]VE” in Beaux Arts script.

MacNeil signature detail of clay Model. ‘FECIT’ is American English of the Latin verb (ˈfeikɪt, English ˈfisɪt). Meaning he made (it); she made (it): formerly used on works of art after the name of the artist.

THE MEDAL SCULPTING PROCESS

IS SHOWN IN THE FOLLOWING VIDEO:

 

Medal Maker  Video

“Medal Maker” VHS of 1997

click here to view

“The Medal Maker” shows how Laura Gardin Frazer makes a clay original model for the National Sculpture Society medal awarded to Daniel Chester French  The final bronze casting is pictured above on the video that preserves the original filming of her at work.

The presentation of this first NSS Medal to French honored for his sculptural work of the seated Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

That story was first first told here in 2012 at the following posting: 

JOURNEY TO SUPREME COURT: ~ A Stop at Daniel Chester French’s Abe Lincoln ~ Washington D.C. …

 

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