Portraits by Daniel Chester French

Pastel portrait of Margaret French by Daniel Chester FrenchFive lovely pastel portraits by Daniel Chester French (1850–1931) are on display through December in the Steven Schow ’81 Gallery (Sawyer 455), Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They are only a few of nearly 350 drawings, paintings, and prints given to the Chapin Library in 2019 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

These works on paper, dating from 1633 to 1950, comprise art by French – the noted American sculptor of the Minute Man statue in Concord, Massachusetts, and the seated Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. – and by his daughter Margaret French Cresson (shown here in her youth), herself a talented sculptor, as well as art collected by them. The collection includes work by Edwin Blashfield, Paul Manship, William Merchant Richardson, August Rodin, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler, among other notable figures.

The Chesterwood Works on Paper join and complement the Chesterwood Archives, an important collection of photographs, papers, and publications documenting the work of Daniel Chester French and his family, given to the Chapin Library in 2010. All of these materials are currently undergoing conservation review by Special Collections Project Archivist Laurel Rhame, but are available for use by appointment.