|Artist: Daniel Chester French
Location: The Commons
Chester French was born on April 20, 1850 in Exeter, New Hampshire.
In the 1860's the family moved from Exeter, New Hampshire to
Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Daniel was enrolled in the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. It was here that Daniel began modeling
busts of his friends. In November of 1873, the town of Concord,
Massachusetts commissioned Daniel to create a public monument
of "The Minute Man." Upon completion of "The Minute
Man," Daniel Chester French, "determined to deepen
his artistic knowledge" left for Italy as an invited guest
of Thomas Ball in 1874 and returned from Italy in 1876. Between
his first commission in 1873 and his death in 1931, Daniel Chester
French worked on and completed more than eleven memorials and
well over twelve sculptures, which include monuments and sculptures
such as the "Abraham Lincoln," for the Lincoln Memorial
in Washington D.C. and sculptures such as the "Ralph Waldo
Emerson" bust that is currently held by Salisbury University, Salisbury , Maryland.
Ralph Waldo Emerson is located in the walkway connecting the Guerrieri University Center and the Commons.