Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Home (The Miner and His Child)


Home (The Miner and His Child), 1901 (installed 1911)
Charles J. Mulligan
Humboldt Park
Near Division Street and California Avenue

             A sentimental limestone rendering of a miner embracing his young daughter, the statue has suffered tremendous damage from weather and neglect but viewers may still sense the tenderness expressed between the powerful miner and small child. This work was exhibited at the 1901 Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, where President McKinley was shot, and sculptor Charles J. Mulligan would later create a bronze monument to McKinley for Chicago’s McKinley Park. 
          Mulligan was known for his sympathetic depictions of American workers and his portrait of Abraham Lincoln that stands in Garfield Park shows the sixteenth President as a young railsplitter. Mulligan was working as a stonecutter when discovered by sculptor Lorado Taft and he eventually succeeded Taft as head of the sculpture department at the Art Institute of Chicago.  

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