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Notes on Lincoln in photos and sculpture

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(Copy of letter received from D. Leigh Henson)

The research I did in 2007-2008 for the re-enactment of Abraham Lincoln's first namesake city "monster" rally and stump speech the day after the last Lincoln-Douglas debate also led to my proposal for the Lincoln statue project now underway. Since then, I have done more research on Lincoln statues, including Max Bachman's Lincoln statue in the rotunda of the Logan County Courthouse. In my article titled "Max Bachman's Lincolns," I explain that his Lincoln statue is actually a hybrid: the body is modeled from Saint-Gaudens' famous 1887 Standing Lincoln in Chicago's Lincoln Park, while the head and shoulders were Bachman's original work.

I have found only two photos of Abraham Lincoln taken during the Lincoln-Douglas debates: one by Calvin Jackson on October 1, 1858, just before the fifth debate (at Galesburg) and one by William J. Thompson on October 11, 1858, just two days before the sixth debate (at Quincy). The Quincy photo, then, was taken just five days before Lincoln's rally and two-hour speech in Lincoln, Illinois, on October 16.

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Of possible interest to current and former Lincolnites is a composite image (attached) that I created to compare those two photos with the head and shoulders of the clay model of the Lincoln statue by David Seagraves recently announced and the head and shoulders of the Bachman Lincoln statue in the rotunda of the Logan County Courthouse. You will notice several striking similarities between the Oct. 1 photo by Jackson and Bachman's Lincoln.

I have published this composite image at http://findinglincolnillinois.com/
. This Web page also has a link to my article titled "Max Bachman's Lincolns," under "References and Other Sources" as well as photos of all other Lincoln statues in Lincoln and a log of news reports of the progress on the Lincoln statue in Lincoln project.


D. Leigh Henson, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of English at Missouri State University, Springfield

[Posted March 08, 2013]

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