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The Lincoln Memorial

Studies for the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Henry Bacon
[Studies for the Lincoln Memorial,
Washington, D.C.]

Graphite of Tracing Paper, 1917
Prints & Photographs Division

Dedicated in 1922, the Lincoln Memorial is one of the most popular works of American architecture. It won its architect Henry Bacon, the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects, his professions highest honor. These original sketches are two in a series that shows his critical role in the evolution of the design, scale, and placement of the statue created by Daniel Chester French for the building's interior.

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