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Dimensions4000 x 3000
Original file size4.99 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken1-Apr-10 08:54
Date modified1-Apr-10 08:54
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Camera makeNIKON
Camera modelCOOLPIX S3000
Focal length4.9 mm
Focal length (35mm)27 mm
Max lens aperturef/3.2
Exposure0.3s at f/3.2
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Normal
ISO speedISO 400
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Abraham Walks at Midnight

Abraham Walks at Midnight

This statue named “Abraham Walks at Midnight” from Vachel Lindsay’s poem was sculpted by Fred Martin Torrey (1884-1967). Sculptor Fred Martin Torrey, born in Fairmont, July 29, 1884, specialized in depictions of Abraham Lincoln. Educated in the Fairmont schools, Torrey left West Virginia in 1909 to enroll at the Art Institute of Chicago. He studied there with the sculptor Lorado Taft. Torrey’s 1933 statue, ‘‘Lincoln Walks at Midnight,’’ was displayed as a 29-inch bronze at the 1939 World’s Fair. In 1974 a nine-and-one-half foot bronze casting of the statue as executed by Charleston artist Bernard Wiepper was erected near the West Virginia State Capitol. Torrey’s 42-inch plaster model of the sculpture is in the possession of the State Museum. The statues was dedicated June 24, 1974 Arch A. Moore, Jr. Governor. The funds for the statue were contributed by school children of West Virginia and other interested citizens. The relevance of Abraham Lincoln to West Virginia is that Abraham Lincoln created the state of West Virginia by proclamation and signature, which joined the Union on June 20, 1863. The statue now stands at Capitol of Charleston, West Virginia. The statue is one of the most photographed areas at the capitol by nearby residents and tourists.
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