French, Daniel Chester
|born on||20 April 1850 at 06:00 (= 06:00 AM )|
|Place||Exeter NH, USA, 42n58, 70w56|
|Timezone||LMT m70w56 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||29°59' 13°25 Asc. 17°09'|
American sculptor perhaps best known for his sculpture of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (1922). Among his other magnificent works of historical fgures are the 1875 rendition of The Minute Man, statues of Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ulysses Grant and the Marquis de Lafayette. French also designed the Pulitzer Prize gold medal in 1917.
His dad, Henry Flagg French, was a lawyer who became Assistant US Treasury Secretary. Young Daniel studied art in Europe as well as in the US. His family friends, the Emersons (Ralph Waldo Emerson) and Alcotts, encouraged his work. In 1879 his renditon of Ralph Waldo Emerson's head evoked the response "Yes, that is the face I have" from Emerson himself.
He died in Stockbridge, MA at age 81 on October 7, 1931.
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1922 (Statue of Lincoln)
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1917 (Gold Medal for the Pulitzer Prize)
Sy Scholfield quotes French's father's letter as transcribed in Margaret French Cresson's book, 'Journey Into Fame: The Life of Daniel Chester French' (1947), p. 11: 'Exeter, NH, April 21, 1850, My Dear Brother:
Will you be so kind as to ask Bess in what order I had determined to use up the family names for my boys. They come along so slowly that I have almost forgotten. One of them was born yesterday morning at six o'clock, and I believe the name of Daniel is due to him.'
- Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Sculptor)
- Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs