WELCOME to the “Hermon A. MacNeil” — Virtual Gallery & Museum !

~ This Gallery celebrates Hermon Atkins MacNeil of the Beaux Arts School, an 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 Atkins MacNeil.   ~ Over 300 stories in 50 pages & thousands of photos form this virtual MacNeil Gallery stretching from New York to New Mexico ~ Oregon to S. Carolina.   ~ 2016 marked the 150th Anniversary of Hermon MacNeil’s birth. ~~Do you WALK or DRIVE by MacNeil sculptures DAILY!  ~ CHECK OUT Uncle Hermon’s works here!

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JO DAVIDSON’S statue of E.W Marland

E.W. Marland portrait

The man who conceived and initiated the “Pioneer Woman” monument was a fascinating

boom-bust-boom-bust oil millionaire.

Ernest Whitworth Marland, known as

E. W. Marland

(May 8, 1874 – October 3, 1941), was an American lawyer, oil businessman in Pennsylvania (1900s) and Oklahoma (1920s), and politician who was a U.S. representative (1933-35) and Oklahoma governor (1935-39). Click here for MORE details:

The marble statue of him by Jo Davidson

bears the following inscription:


E. W. Marland








Photo by Dan Leininger: https://hermonatkinsmacneil.com

Photo by Dan Leininger: https://hermonatkinsmacneil.com

The Mansion of the Marland’s is now a museum with a separate artist studio that E. W. built for a resident sculptor.   Jo Davidson spent time there where he completed alabaster statues of Marland’s adopted son and daughter of the : George Roberts Marland and Lyde Roberts Marland.

The Marlands’ Mysterious Legacy



& Lyde’s SAD demise:

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 The  MARLAND   MANSION   STUDIO  Now honors BRYANT BAKERthe Sculptor of the “PIONEER WOMAN”

Photos from our day in Ponca City

show the marvelous interior . . .

ALL Photos below by Dan Leininger: https://hermonatkinsmacneil.com



Bryant Baker never worked in the Sculptor’s Studio at the Marland Mansion, BUT . . .

now his many sculptures, models and miniatures  fill the rooms and displays there.

Bryant Baker, (July 8, 1881 – March 29, 1970) won the “Pioneer Woman Competition.”  He was British born and educated. His British-American life is a fascination story:

In 1910, Queen Alexandra commissioned him to sculpt a bust of Edward VII.[6] She was so impressed with his work, that she then commissioned him to design a life-size statue of Edward VII, and later a bust in marble of the nine-year-old Prince Olaf of Norway.[4]

In 1916, Baker emigrated to the United States, where he enlisted in the United States Army. He served during World War I in Army hospitals, crafting artificial limbs and face masks for wounded soldiers.[4] He became a U.S. citizen in 1923.[2]       SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_Woman

Shortly after his death, the contents of his New York studio were purchased and moved to the E. W. Marland Mansion in Ponca City. The mansion is now known as the Ponca City Cultural Center, and Baker’s studio and copies of many of his works are on display there.

During his career, he created over 100 statues and busts, though his heroic bronze monument of the Pioneer Woman is his best known and loved. 

The of Baker’s works displayed in the Marland Studio:


David, Director of Marland Estate, stands in front of a large bas relief of Baker’s images of World War I.  All Photos by Dan Leininger, Webmaster: https://hermonatkinsmacneil.com

David graciously gave us a private tour of the Marland Mansion & Studio and BAKER’S many sculptures displayed there.

Bryant Baker at work in his studio.

Miniatures of Bryant Baker’s “Pioneer Woman” in several patina finishes form this studio display.

Bryant Baker’s “King Edward VII” 1912.  Queen Alexandra commissioned him to sculpt a bust and later a full statue of the King.  This is a half-scale statuette of his original.


Bryant Baker’s large bas relief of World War I images from his service in hospitals.       All Photos: Dan Leininger: Webmaster https://hermonatkinsmacneil.com


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Every February  here at


is MacNeil Month


Hermon Atkins MacNeil about the time of his Standing Liberty work.

February 27th, 1866

IS Uncle Hermon Atkins MacNeil’s Birthday is — 158 years ago, and


Thomas (Tom) Henry McNeil (1860 – 1932)


February 29th, 1866 . . .

IS THE Birthday of

My grandfather, Thomas Henry McNeil  who was born on a “Leap Day,”  — February 29th

Now 2024, will mark the  42nd “Leap Day” since Tom Henry McNeil’s birth 164 years ago. 

Review of Webmaster’s Activity

in 2023 (with hot links)

  1. Since MacNeil Month 2023, we have added 32 postings to the website here at hermonatkinsmacneil.com
  2. These have included over 130 photos, many are new
  3. Travelled to Ponca City, Oklahoma, and
  4. Visited the mansion of E. W. Marland there.
  5. Photographed “The Pioneer Woman” entry of Hermon MacNeil.
  6. photographed the entries of other sculptors.
  7. Photographed the Marland Studio there.
  8. Saw Jo Davidson’s marble sculptures of the Marland family.
  9. Purchased the bronze roundet “Black Pipe the Sioux at Six Teen Years”.

    An Example of Hermon MacNeil’s EARLIEST Sculpture …

  10. Jay Cline Postings:   #1 — #4
    1. #4 ~ Jay Cline: Praised by Many after His Passing

    2. #3 Jay CLINE ~ A kind Collector with a Big Heart!

    3. #2: An Evening with Jay H. Cline ~ 2010 ~ Expert on MacNeil’s S.L.Q. ~ Signed His 4th Edition!

    4. #1 ~ Jay H. Cline ~ Loved the Standing Liberty Quarter ~
  11. AND dozens of other updates to this website.

Examples of Hermon MacNeil’s FIRST and LAST Sculpture …

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Julie Tsirkin reports “Debt Limit Deal Reached!”


As Will Rogers’ statue watches behind her

Jo Davidson, sculptor, 1921

Thanks to Jo Davidson, 

“Will Rogers” is keeping his eye on Congress!

Hermon MacNeil’s “studio boy” became renowned sculptor Jo Davidson of portrait busts.

Jo Davidson looks uo to his bronze “Will Rogers” in his Paris Studio before came to the U.S.

 Perhaps you saw

Julie Tsirkin,

Capitol correspondent,

report from the U.S. Capitol.

“Debt Limit Deal Reached!”

 Sometimes you just see the “Will’s” legs and the shoes. But Will wanted his eyes kept on Congress.  So “The old head hunter” (Will’s nickname for Jo) made his head turned so he could look down at Congress members as they walked into the Chamber.



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“There are men running governments

who shouldn’t be allowed

to play with matches.”

Will Rogers

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I don’t make jokes.

I just watch the government

and report the facts.

Will Rogers



Will Rogers statue in US Capitol sculpted by Jo Davidson who began his career as a “studio boy” for Hermon MacNeil in College Point.

If you could ever see the marble base it would reveal three words:

Will Rogers



The Washington, D.C. version of the statue was unveiled in 1939.[11] At that unveiling on June 6, Senator Joshua B. Lee said of Rogers’ effect on the United States during the Depression, “His humor was the safety valve for American Life.”[12]  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Rogers_(Davidson)



The House Connecting corridor is the common visual background for Capitol news briefings.   The nameless, but familiar, dark bronze legs or full statue, represent Will’s last wish.

Last Wish of


Will Rogers

“I need to keep my eyes


on Congress.”


Jo Davidson’s statue watched on January 6, 2021 as raging Trump protestors turned into rioters (mixed with vigilantes) attacking the Capitol Building. [ breaking windows, carrying fire arms, vandalizing desks and offices, creating chaos and danger … ]

Senators were in the Constitutional process of certifying the votes of the Electoral College which  authorizes the Inauguration of the 46th President on January 20, 2021.

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HUMOR from 100 years ago:

(Then tell me if Will Rogers still speaks to us in 2023.)

  1. “When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging.” – Will Rogers
  2. “The short memories of the American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.” – Will Rogers
  3. “If pro is the opposite of con, what is the opposite of Congress?” – Will Rogers
  4. “If stupidity got us in this mess, how come it can’t get us out.” – Will Rogers
  5. “A fool and his money are soon elected.” – Will Rogers
  6. “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” – Will Rogers
  7. “The more you observe politics, the more you’ve got to admit that each party is worse than the other.” – Will Rogers
  8. “Ten men in our country could buy the whole world and ten million can’t buy enough to eat.” – Will Rogers
  9. “It takes a lifetime to build a good reputation, but you can lose it in a minute.” – Will Rogers
  10. “An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh.” – Will Rogers
  11. “The difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” – Will Rogers
  12. “I am not a member of any organized political party — I am a Democrat.” – Will Rogers
  13. “Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re actually paying for.” – Will Rogers
  14. “There is no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.” – Will Rogers
  15. “All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that’s an alibi for my ignorance.” – Will Rogers

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Mansion of E. W. Marland in Ponca City, Oklahoma is now a museum.

E.W. Marland the colorful oil baron of the 1910s and 1920s, was also a U.S. Congressman, as well as the 10th Governor of Oklahoma.

His dream was to live in a palace, and so he built this majestic home.The Marland Mansion & Estate, completed in 1928 after nearly three years.

The Marlands’ Mysterious Legacy




On our recent tour of the Marland Mansion in Ponca City, Oklahoma, we entered the

“Will Rogers Bedroom.”

THE foursome of

  1. E. W. Marland,
  2. Will Rogers,
  3. Jo Davidson and
  4. Hermon MacNeil

seem an unlikely quartet.  

However, their paths crossed multiple times, especially in the “Pioneer Woman” project.

  • Marland recruited Davidson to come to Ponca City where he had built a studio for a sculptor.
  • Davidson completed statues of Marland family members and traveled with Marland across the U.S. in his private railroad car.
  • Marland invited Will Rogers to speak at the unveiling of the “Pioneer Woman”, to great public acclaim.
  • Will Rogers stayed at the Mansion many times.
  • Hermon MacNeil and his student, Jo Davidson, both submitted models for the “Pioneer Woman”.
  • Will Rogers called Davidson “That old head hunter” because he asked to do Will’s portrait so many times.
  • Davidson returned to MacNeil’s studio in 1945 to complete a portrait bust of his teacher, H. A. MacNeil. He then made a unique bronze casting of the piece. It graces the banner of this site.—>>
  • In 1947 the American Academy of Arts and Letters hosted a retrospective featuring nearly 200 of Jo Davidson’s works..


The Marland Mansion in Ponca City has a picture of Will Rogers on the Bedroom wall.

 Betty Rogers, widow of Will, signed the photo as follows:

To Governor Marland,

    With Sincere regard,

         Betty Rogers





Will Rogers was the closing speaker at the 1930 unveiling and Dedication of the “Pioneer Woman” statue.

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NOTE: This highlights part of an earlier Feb. 15, 2021 article:

1927 Pioneer Woman ~ Ponca City, OK ~ E.W. Marland

Bryant Baker’s Entry

Was a reunion for Hermon and Jo and John Gregory.

 A. Sterling Calder   H.A. MacNeil    Jo Davidson

    “Self-Reliant”      “Challenging”     “Trusting”

In 1927 wealthy oilman E. W. Marland of Ponca City, Oklahoma invited a dozen American sculptors to compete for a commission to create a statue to honor the Pioneer Woman. 

Each artist was to submit a two-foot bronze model for the monument, which was to express, in Marland’s words,

“the spirit of the pioneer woman—a tribute to all women of the sunbonnet everywhere.”  

PROTECTIVE by John Gregory

MODELS: Marland’s selection of that dozen sculptors became something of a reunion for Jo Davidson[1] and Hermon MacNeil  and John Gregory (an earlier assistant with Davidson in MacNeil’s studio). Others invited were invited included  James Earle Fraser, Bryant Baker, and A. Stirling Calder.  Each of the dozen were paid $10,000 to produce a bronze two-foot statue model with the winner to be determined by public vote.

TOUR: The models were sent on a six-month tour of several U.S. cities, from New York and Boston to Minneapolis and Fort Worth and Chicago. Tens of thousands of ballots were cast, and Baker’s model “Confident” won by a margin of nearly two to one. Neither MacNeil or his two previous students won the commission.

Bryant Baker’s entry won the final comission by a wide margin of ballots.  Each artist submitted a two-foot bronze model for the monument, which was to express, in Marland’s words, “the spirit of the pioneer woman—a tribute to all women of the sunbonnet everywhere.”

Meanwhile, JO DAVIDSON struck OIL with E. W. Marland …

Jo Davidson charmed E. W. Marland so that he built a permanent studio for the sculptor in Ponca City. 

While Jo declined moving there permanently, but did spent weeks there completing statues of E. W., his daughter, Lyde standing holding a large garden bonnet; and son, George, in boots and riding breeches.  He also carved in marble the seated  figure of E.W. Marland which remains outside the museum a century later.

After completing the sculptures, E. W. Marland took Jo on a trip to California and back to New York in his private railroad car the “Ponca City.”  Jo wrote letters to Yvonne during the two-week excursion.  Jo met E. W.’s friends, and E.W. met Jo’s friends.  “The Trip, one of the richest experiences of my life, eventually was over, and I set out for Europe where political developments were moving at a rapid pace.”  [Between Sittings…, pp. 210-220.]




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“Challenging” is the title of MacNeil’s “Pioneer Woman” (1927) at the Museum Home of E.W. Marland in Ponca City, OK.  Her right hand bears an axe while her left carries her child.  She wears no bonnet.

ON December 13, 2022, I visited Ponca City OK. I  photographed MacNeil’s entry in the 1927 commission contest sponsored by E. W. Marland.

Here are a few results of this day of “Searching for Uncle Hermon.”

A previous posting CLICK HERE displayed this work and others by MacNeil and Jo Davidson.  An excerpt stated: 

‘In 1927 wealthy oilman E. W. Marland of Ponca City, Oklahoma invited a dozen American sculptors to compete for a commission to create a statue to honor the Pioneer Woman.  Each artist was to submit a two-foot bronze model for the monument, which was to express, in Marland’s words, “the spirit of the pioneer woman—a tribute to all women of the sunbonnet everywhere.”’ SEE POST: https://hermonatkinsmacneil.com/2021/02/15/hermon-and-jo-at-the-peaks-of-careers-story-3-feb-2021/

Detail of MacNeil’s “Pioneer Woman” holding her infant clinging to her breast.


“Challenging” is MacNeil’s entry to the “Pioneer Woman” competition. She wears no bonnet. Her hair seems ‘frontier-feminine’ in length. She holds her child close to her breast. Her gaze is forward and alert.




















The artists who submitted models for Marland’s commission were Bryant Baker, A, Stirling Calder, Jo Davidson, James Earle Fraser, John Gregory, F. Lynn Jenkins, Mario Korbel, Arthur Lee, Hermon Atkins MacNeil, Maurice Sterne, Mahonri Young, and Wheeler Williams.[3] The models were to tour America and everyone who visited the sites where they were exhibited was allowed to vote for their favorite.[6]  SOURCE:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_Woman

From its opening at the Reinhardt Galleries, the tour moved on. Stops included Boston, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Detroit, Indianapolis, Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, and Ponca City.[14] At each location visitors were invited to vote for their three favorite models.[8] In all over 750,000 people viewed the models and over 120,000 votes were placed.[14][15]

The winning statue after a 13 city tours and public voting was made by Bryant Baker

Webmaster, Dan Leininger, seated on the winning “Pioneer Woman” commission of E.W. Marland in Ponca City, OK.

~1927 Pioneer Woman ~

~ Ponca City, OK ~

concieved by E.W. Marland

Stay tuned for more  ~~

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