Model of the Lincoln Memorial Statue in Daniel Chester French’s Studio

We thought this was a cool shot. Daniel Chester French is in his studio working on a bust of Ambrose Swasey, an industrialist born in 1846. Oh, by the way, a model of the statue of Lincoln that would eventually end up in the Lincoln Memorial is in the background. French completed Lincoln’s statue in 1920, and the Memorial opened in 1922.

Picture of Daniel Chester French in his studio with Lincoln Memorial statue in the background

Sculptor Daniel Chester French is shown in his studio working on a bust of industrialist Ambrose Swaysey, with a model of French’s statue for the Lincoln Memorial in the background. (Daniel Chester French family papers)

Here is a picture of French’s work, now sitting in the Lincoln Memorial.

The Lincoln Memorial Statue

The Lincoln Memorial Statue

Check out this recent post of Lincoln’s statue overlooking the “I Have a Dream Speech”.

Both photos from the Library of Congress.