Chesterwood (1898), a place of great natural beauty, was the summer country estate of leading American sculptor Daniel Chester French, whose public monuments helped define the nation's cultural landscape.

It is the estate that inspired an artist who inspired the nation. The place where he created the seated Abraham Lincoln for the memorial in Washington, D.C., offers a compelling look at the meaning and methods of sculpture at the turn of the twentieth century.

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Studio Facade Exterior -evening- In the mauve of twilight, the garden entrance to the studio with French's Genius of Creation and marble Andromeda within. (Photographer - Ron Blunt)
Seated Lincoln - Three models for the Lincoln Memorial statue by Daniel Chester French: the sketch in the foreground, the working model in the background, and the final model, all near the east wall. (Photographer - Ron Blunt)