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~ This Gallery celebrates my great Uncle, Hermon Atkins MacNeil an American classic sculptor of the Beaux Arts School.  He sculpted Native images and American history:  ~ World’s Fairs, statues, monuments, coins, and more…  ~ Over 300 stories (25 per page) in 10 pages. (Click on Next Page >> at bottom).  View thousands of photos from this virtual MacNeil Gallery.  It stretches from New York to New Mexico ~ Oregon to S. Carolina.   ~ 2016 marked the 150th Anniversary of Hermon MacNeil’s birth. ~ Hot-links ( lower right) lead to works by Hermon Atkins MacNeil.  ~~Do you WALK or DRIVE by MacNeil sculptures DAILY!  ~ CHECK OUT my Uncle Hermon’s works here!

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Archive for June, 2024

Carol MacNeil died Eighty years ago today  ~

Carol Brooks MacNeil died on June 22, 1944

in Jamacia (Queens) Hospital.

  • Newspapers in New York and the Chicago Daily Times “all acknowledged her standing in the rarified realm of female sculptors.” 
  • Congregational services were held in the MacNeil home. 
  • Carol’s cremains were transported to the family plot in Massachusetts
  • There in Woodlawn Cemetery she was interred beside their beloved daughter, Joie Katherine MacNeil

Death of Carol “Carrie” Brooks MacNeil. 

During her months of declining health, Carol was nursed at home by her family and Cecelia, a home nurse. As Carol’s condition worsened, the needs exceeded the home-care options of the day.  She was admitted to the Jamaica (Queens) Hospital.  Carol Brooks MacNeil died there on June 22, 1944. Newspapers in New York and the Chicago Daily Times “all acknowledged her standing in the rarefied realm of female sculptors.”  Congregational services were held in the MacNeil home.  Carol’s body was cremated and her remains  transported to the family plot in Massachusetts at Woodlawn Cemetery to be interred with those of Joie. 

“The 50 year Partnership

of 

‘the Sculptors MacNeil’

had come to a close”

            Hermon MacNeil Alone.   Now Hermon must have felt an emptiness without Carol in his life, home, and studio.  With Carol MacNeil’s death, their fifty-year partnership as the “Sculptors MacNeil” had ended.  Their connection had begun five decades earlier in the White City” of the Chicago World’s Fair, continued through their years of training in the city of Rome and in the city of Paris, matured in the kind-of-a-city of Queens, NY, and the not-quite-so-city of College Point.   

For the next two years Hermon MacNeil continued to live alone in his College Point home.   Next door was the stone Studio building where he and Carol had sculpted together through the years of their marriage.  Now he was alone in their no-longer-shared home and studio.

Postcard of MacNeil studio in College Point. From the webmaster’s collection.

Cecelia Muench, RN, continued to care for him there.  She had been his visiting nurse since 1941, when she helped him through a heart ailment.  She also painted with Carrie and Hermon entering into the family of the sculptor her father had introduced her to at The Sun Vow on her 12 birthday.

A widow herself now, Cecelia accompanied Hermon to various gatherings of family, friends, and colleagues. 

MEMORIES OF CAROL ~ Carrie

Carol Brooks MacNeil

 

 

 

 

 

Carol Brooks MacNeil

 

 

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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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