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LINCOV_190412_08.JPG: Keck’s Lincoln Sculpture an Important Part of New Exhibit
By Jasper Collier 07/21/2008
In 1932, the town of Wabash, Indiana unveiled their newly completed sculpture of Abraham Lincoln on their courthouse lawn. The piece by sculptor Charles Keck remains one of the most realistic and human models of the sixteenth president. A maquette of Keck’s seated Lincoln has been on display in the Visitor Education Center at the President Lincoln’s Cottage since the site opened in February, but it has recently been moved into the special exhibit gallery. Until December 19th, the piece, which was a gift of Faye F. and Sheldon S. Cohen, will feature prominently in the new exhibit, “A Deep and Subtle Expression: Lincoln in Sculpture.”
Keck was born in New York City in 1875, and is primarily known for his portraits and sculptures of famed Americans including Lewis and Clark, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, and Booker T. Washington. Though he was an accomplished artist by the time he began work on the Lincoln sculpture, he agonized over every detail and produced numerous studies in hopes of capturing the essence of Lincoln’s humanity and compassion. Keck produced a standing and a seated Lincoln, but Alexander New, who had commissioned the piece, preferred the seated version.
Many of the objects on display in “A Deep and Subtle Expression” are from other National Trust Historic Sites, and it is fitting that Keck’s sculpture represents President Lincoln’s Cottage. It is not as heroic or triumphant as the pieces by Daniel Chester French, or as scientific in detail as the life masks or hand sketches, but it is an image of an approachable and understanding individual – exactly who Lincoln was during his summers at the Soldiers’ Home.
The above was from https://www.lincolncottage.org/kecks-lincoln-sculpture-an-important-part-of-new-exhibit/
LINCOV_190412_24.JPG: Charles Keck Sc.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Charles Keck (September 9, 1875 – April 23, 1951) was an American sculptor from New York City, New York.
Early life and education
Keck studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League of New York with Philip Martiny, and was an assistant to Augustus Saint-Gaudens from 1893 to 1898. He also attended the American Academy in Rome. In 1921 he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member and became a full Academician in 1928. He is best known for his monuments and architectural sculpture. His interment was located at Fishkill Rural cemetery.
* Brooklyn Museum, Genius of Islam, McKim, Mead and White, architects, NYC, 1908
* Pennsylvania Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1908
* Soldiers and Sailors National Military Museum and Memorial, Pittsburgh, 1910
* Oakland City Hall, Palmer & Hornbostel architects, Oakland, California, 1914
* Pittsburgh City-County Building, Palmer & Hornbostel architects, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1916
* Wilmington City Hall, Palmer & Hornbostel architects, Wilmington, Delaware, 1917
* Education Building, Albany, New York
* Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
* Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Schultze & Weaver architects, NYC, 1931
* Essex County Building Annex, Newark, New Jersey, c. 1930
* Jackson County Court House, Wight & Wight, architects, Kansas City Missouri, 1934
* Bronx County Courthouse, Freedlander & Hausle architects, Bronx, New York, 1933
* Campus gates, Columbia University, New York City
Monuments and memorials
* Minot Monument, Goshen, New York, with architect Thomas Harlan Ellett, dedicated May, 1912.
* The John B. Murphy Memorial, Chicago, Illinois
* Amicitia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
* George Washington, Buenos Aires, Argentina
* Manchester Bridge statues, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1917
* Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1919
* Thomas Jonathan Jackson, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1921
* Duke Family sarcophagi, Memorial Chapel, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
* John Mitchell, Scranton, PA, 1924
* Liberty Monument, Ticonderoga, New York, 1924
* Angel of Peace, Exhibition Place, Toronto, 1930
* The Lincoln Monument of Wabash, Indiana, 1932
* [[Statue of Francis P. Duffy, Duffy Square, New York City, 1937
* Huey Long Memorial, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1940
* Huey Long, National Statuary Hall Collection in the Capitol in Washington D.C., 1941
* Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee, Alabama
* Andrew Jackson, Kansas City, Missouri
* Ernest Haass Memorial, Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan
* George Rogers Clark Memorial, Springfield, Ohio
* Listening Post, Lynchburg, Virginia
In 1913 Keck designed a memorial plaque that was cast from metal that had been salvaged from the USS Maine after it was raised in Havana harbor the previous year. Over a thousand of the plaques were cast and they are spread unevenly all over the United States. In 1931, Keck completed the Great Seals of the Commonwealth of Virginia which had been commissioned by the Commonwealth. The obverse of the seal is still used to this day and appears on the state flag.
* 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition Gold Dollar
* 1927 Vermont, Battle of Bennington Sesquicentennial Half Dollar
* 1936 Lynchburg Sesquicentennial Half Dollar
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2019 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
a four-day jaunt to Massachusetts (Boston, Stockbridge, and Springfield) to experience rain in another state,
Asheville, NC to visit Dad and his wife Dixie,
four trips to New York City (including the United Nations, Flushing, and the New York Comic-Con), and
my 14th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con (including sites in Utah).
Number of photos taken this year: about 582,000.