Abraham Lincoln, New Jersey

Abraham Lincoln, New Jersey

249 Market St, Newark, NJ 07102, USA

Seated Lincoln is a 1911 sculpture by Gutzon Borglum, located next to the Essex County Courthouse in NewarkEssex CountyNew Jersey, United States. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 30, 1995.

The bronze sculpture depicts Abraham Lincoln larger than life size, seated at one end of a bench also cast in bronze. Lincoln is bearded but bare headed, with his stovepipe hat resting on the bench beside the man’s hand. The bronze is set on a low stone platform with five steps, beside the steps to the courthouse. The informal composition was an unusual departure from the usual monumental depiction of Lincoln standing or enthroned on a high plinth. It was inspired by Borglum’s research, reading that Lincoln often sat alone on a bench in the White House gardens to gather his thoughts during the American Civil War, particularly when there was bad news. In 1908, Borgulm had completed the marble bust of Lincoln which is now installed at the U.S. Capitol, and he later sculpted the heads of four U.S. presidents including Lincoln at Mount Rushmore

Actor: Pete Simpson
Written by: George Saunders
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