Adolph Alexander Weinman was an American sculptor of German origin; he was born on 11
Born December 1870 in Karlsruhe, Germany, but spent most of his life in the United States of
America, where he died in 1953.
At the age of ten years, his family emigrated with him to the USA. At the age of 15, he
attended evening classes at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Later he
studied with Auguste Saint-Gaudens and Philip Martiny statuary at the Art Students League.
In later years he worked as an assistant to Olin Warner, Charles Niehaus and Daniel Chester
French. A first studio the artist could open in 1904. Today he is mainly known as medalist.
For the 31 years embossed half dollar, he designed the motif "Walking Liberty". Weinman`s
Walking Liberty was also used for the Silver Eagle. Besides, he designed the artwork for the
U.S. dime and various medals for the military.
Against the reputation as a medalist he has vehemently referred. He called himself an
architectural sculptor. As a model he booked, as well as many of his colleagues, Audrey Munson (1891-1996).
Munson was an artist who was model for more than 15 statues.
His architectural results can be found in Wisconsin, Missouri and Louisiana State buildings.
Many of his works are commissions, such as the sculptures for the Manhattan Municipal
Building, the Madison Square Presbyterian Church, the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument and
Pennsylvania Railway Station in New York. He also made sculptures for the Elks National
Veterans Memorial in Chicago, the relief of the Jefferson figure and the Lincoln Memorial in
Washington DC and sculptures for the building of the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1949 he was given the honor to exhibit with other artists at the 3rd International
Sculpture in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Weinman is known for a lyrical sounding
neoclassical style. His figures bear Greek or Roman clothes and are often characterized by an
Weinman died on 8 August 1952. He was a member of the Sculpture Society, the American
Academy of Arts and Letters, the Institute of Arts and Letters and the Academy of Design.
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