Capitol Rotunda Statuary

Statue of abraham Lincoln

Cast Bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln standing beside a chair located in the center of the Rotunda.  Statue is 14'-0" high.  Base is of serpentine marble from Easton, Pennsylvania.  Cast by the Roman Bronze Works, New York.  Gift to Kentucky of James Breckenridge Speed, of Louisville.  Cost approximately $40,000.00.  Unveiled by President Taft and accepted by Governor Wilson, the same week as the Lincoln Memorial in Hodgenville.

 

Statue of Henry Clay

Bronzed model of the statue of Clay in the National Statuary Hall, Washington DC.  The National Statuary Hall models of McDowell and Henry Clay were given to Dr. Arthur Thomas McCormack, then Secretary of Kentucky State Board of Health. The Clay model was presented to the Kentucky State Bar Association who in turn presented both models to the Commonwealth of Kentucky under the condition that they be placed in the Rotunda of the Capitol.  To provide a proper base for each, the State, through the Sinking Fund Commission, erected an engraved pedestal of rare Swiss marble from quarries of St. Genevieve and had the figures suitably bronzed.

 

Statue of Jefferson Davis

Marble, full length statue of Jefferson Davis.  About 15' tall.  Pedestal about 5' tall, 50" wide, and 40" deep.  Statue was cut from Tennessee marble.  Erected by the State under the auspices of the Kentucky Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy.  Financed through private donations and a $5,000 appropriation by the State in 1934.  Accepted on behalf of the Commonwealth by Governor "Happy" Chandler on the anniversary of his first year in office.  Unveiled December 10, 1936.

 

Statue of Alben Barkley

Full length bronze statue of Alben Barkley.  Statue is 7'-4" high and was cast in Rome during the summer of 1963.  Base is of St. Genevieve marble.  Sculptor used hundreds of photographs, a suit and a pair of shoes belonging to Barkley to create the likeness.  The work took 18 months to complete.  The statue was authorized by the 1960 Kentucky General Assembly which appropriated $50,000 for its execution.  Unveiled on October 3, 1963 by his widow.

 

Statue of McDowell

Bronzed model of the statue of McDowell in the National Statuary Hall, Washington DC.  The National Statuary Hall models of McDowell and Henry Clay were given Dr. Arthur Thomas McCormack, then Secretary of Kentucky State Board of Health.  The McDowell model was presented by Dr. McCormack to the Kentucky State Medical Association.  These groups in turn presented both models to the Commonwealth of Kentucky under the condition they be placed in the Rotunda of the Capitol. To provide a proper foundation for each, the State, through the Sinking Fund Commission, erected and engraved pedestals of rare Swiss marble from quarries of St. Genevieve and had the figures suitably bronzed.

 

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