Clark Mills's Design for a Lincoln Monument

Title

Clark Mills's Design for a Lincoln Monument

Description

In 1867, Congress formed the Lincoln Monument Association to commission a memorial for the late president. They chose this design by sculptor Clark Mills. Mills was known in Washington for designing a statue of Andrew Jackson that stands near the White House. Mills's Lincoln monument featured multiple tiers and 36 bronze statues depicting scenes related to war, justice, and liberty. Rising above the war and politics rested a statue of Lincoln, seated, writing the Emancipation Proclamation. Mills's monument was never built, because financial problems and political disputes plagued the project from its earliest days.

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.

Date

1867

Coverage

Description

In 1867, Congress formed the Lincoln Monument Association to commission a memorial for the late president. They chose this design by sculptor Clark Mills. Mills was known in Washington for designing a statue of Andrew Jackson that stands near the White House. Mills's Lincoln monument featured multiple tiers and 36 bronze statues depicting scenes related to war, justice, and liberty. Rising above the war and politics rested a statue of Lincoln, seated, writing the Emancipation Proclamation. Mills's monument was never built, because financial problems and political disputes plagued the project from its earliest days.

Creator

Clark Mills (Sculptor)

Date

1867

Coverage

1860-1889

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.