Happy Birthday to Louisa May Alcott

Today is the 178th anniversary of Louisa May Alcott's birth. As well as being the author of one of my favorite books, (actually I can't decide between Little Women or Eight Cousins) Louisa was active in the arts community in New England. Daniel Chester French ( 1851-1931) was a family friend and accomplished sculptor. His neoclassical style really captured the spirit of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century.

Daniel Chester French, Benediction, bronze, 1922

Daniel Chester French. Benediction, bronze, 1922, Purchase with funds provided by the Council of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

This bronze was cast at the Roman Bronze Works, the first American foundry to specialize in the lost-wax casting method. The business records of the Roman Bronze Works are now a part of the library archives collection.

French's most famous work is the sculpture of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.