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Benediction

Daniel Chester French (1850-1931)

Object Details

  • Date

    1922, cast ca. 1929

  • Object Type

    Sculptures

  • Medium

    Bronze

  • Contributors

    Cast by Roman Bronze Works

  • Dimensions

    32 1/2 x 38 x 23 in.

  • Edition

    ?/4

  • Inscriptions

    On the base, proper left: D.C. French \ 1922

    One the base, proper left: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N.Y.

  • Credit Line

    Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Purchase with funds provided by the Council of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

  • Accession Number

    2005.17

  • Copyright

    Public domain

Object Description

French modeled Benediction in 1922, the same year that his best-known sculpture, the seated Lincoln, was dedicated at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Executed near the end of the artist’s prolific career, Benediction represents the culmination of his long investigation into the motif of the winged female figure. He conceived this statuette as the central element of a proposed monument to honor Massachusetts soldiers who had died during World War I. The memorial project was never realized, but in subsequent years French engaged the sculpture foundry Roman Bronze Works to make four bronze casts of his design, including this one.

Additional details

Location: On view
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