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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Lincoln of the world

Five found photos of Abraham Lincoln statues in places other than the United States:

  1. Edinburgh, Scotland
  2. Oslo, Norway
  3. San Juan, Puerto Rico
  4. Baguio City, Philippines
  5. Tijuana, Mexico

And, at least one deceased foreign leader has a place of prominence in the United States:

  1. Benito Juarez in Washington, D.C.

There must be more.

Edit to add: The Oslo one is most surprising. If anyone knows anyone in the neighborhood that could run over there, translate the plaques and read them to us, that would be wonderful! It's in Vigeland Park (or Vigeland Sparken).

Update May 17, 2009:
* Here's a Lincoln bust in St. Andrew's Church, Hingham, Norfolk, United Kingdom.
* Here's the church which dates from 1350.
* And, Lincoln's relationship with Hingham.

Update May 27, 2009: Sadly, the Tijuana, Mexico, statue photo has been deleted from Flickr. Not sure why. Anyway, here's one in Mexico City.

Posted by Marie at January 25, 2009 12:43 PM

Comments

I think having a Lincoln statue in any of those cities is amazing.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at January 27, 2009 9:12 AM

I've seen the one in Vigeland Park -- my dad and I were there 10 years ago. But, no, we didn't take a picture (there's a lot of famous sculpture in the park -- I have lots of pictures of that).

There's a Lincoln statues in Parliament Square in London.

There's one in Moscow, thanks to a (well-known?) Lincoln sculptor from Decatur.

Another Illinois artist, George Grey Barnard, got in trouble for producing a monumental Lincoln that was condemned for being insufficiently dignified. One copy of the statue is in Cincinnati. Another is in Manchester, England. (Upon learning that Barnard was planning another statue as a gift from President William Howard Taft to France and Great Britain, Robert Lincoln begged the president to stop the artist before he struck again. He called Barnard's first statue ""a monstrous figure, which is grotesque as a likeness and defamatory as an effigy.")

Heck, there's even a statue of the Great Emancipator in Richmond, Virginia.

Posted by: Dan at January 28, 2009 10:36 AM

(Also, here's a good link to the career of George Grey Barnard that describes his ties to Kankakee and a more reasoned view of this Lincoln work:

http://www.kankakeecountymuseum.com/exhibits/barnard/barnard2.html)

Posted by: Dan at January 28, 2009 10:41 AM

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