Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lincoln and Stowe

Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Beecher Stowe converse at the Connecticut riverfront.  In 2005, Lincoln Financial donated $500,000 to the Greater Hartford Arts Council and Riverfront Recapture to create a walk with Lincoln-related sculptures along the Connecticut River.

Ms. Stowe lived in Hartford.  She wrote the best seller Uncle Tom's Cabin, which influenced Northern readers against slavery in the run-up to the Civil War.  At their meeting, Lincoln is reported to have said something like "So, you are the little woman who started this big war."

The sculptor is Bruno Lucchesi.

25 comments:

Malyss said...

Ho, I love this kind of sculpture!
Beautyful, and meaning something;In french "la case de l'Oncle Tom",the title is very famous here , not the name of the writer.. Great tribute!

VP said...

A beautiful work from a fellow Tuscan!

brattcat said...

I love that quote. What a fine monument.

Karl said...

Gorgeous picture of these great sculptures Jack, I love also the background.

Kate said...

I'd like to see more of the riverfront. Thanks for the link. The artist has some very interesting pieces in addition to this one. He must be about 84 now and I wonder if he's still alive and working? Hope so!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

So I guess Ms Stowe was to the slave movement as Emily Pankhurst was to women's liberation hey Jack! Thank heavens for little women. Beautiful sculptures.

Luis Gomez said...

Thank you Jack. Great post! Love the shot and the info.

joo said...

It's a beautiful sculpture, and thanks for the info:)
(I didn't remember who wrote this book, ups!)

Jacob said...

I'd be interested in seeing more of these sculptures. Very cool.

What's the building behind the sculpture that looks like it's going to take off?

What, I've gotta say "I'm back!" before you get it? Sheesh!

Sharon said...

Having grown up in Illinois (the land of Lincoln) I would find this place very interesting.

Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful sculpture! I'd love to see more, too! I also love the quote! Great post for the day, Jack! And that's a really interesting building in the background! Hope you have a great day!

Sylvia

Farmchick said...

Very nice Jack. Two incredibly important people in this sculpture.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

A very compelling statue of two significant historical characters. Thanks for the link also. Wow, you live in an artistically rich city!

Bises,
Genie

jennyfreckles said...

There's something very engaging about this sculpture - good that a mere woman and novelist should be so remembered.
BTW Jack, you're welcome to tea here anytime - even if you are a guy! (Actually there were a few of the male gender around, I think hiding under the shade of the awning.)

cieldequimper said...

Two very important people very nicely sculpted.

JM said...

What a great cropping, Jack! Well done. I still remember the cover of the book I was given when I was just a kid.

Halcyon said...

A very lifelike statue! I like it.

Regina K said...

Excellent sculptures, I like that building in the background too. I know both these names but didn't know they were together in history, but not surprised.

SRQ said...

Gosh...I hope that's what Lincoln said -- love it!

RedPat said...

Love these sculptures! Are there more along the river?

Randy said...

They look good for their age!

Virginia said...

A lovely meeting. You did a fine job capturing this Jack.
V

EG Wow said...

I didn't know Harriet Beecher Stowe lived in Hartford. So interesting!

Cindy said...

Nice shot of a beautiful sculpture.

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

Good contrast between the statues and the modern building.