Lincoln statue.

Lincoln with Dumb Hat and Nude Boy

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Bennington, Vermont

There are many contenders for the title of Least-Flattering Lincoln Statue, but this might be the winner. It features a 9-ft tall, green-with-age Abe with his stovepipe hat pulled down over his eyebrows, standing rigid as a robot. In front of him kneels a topless woman (Faith) and stands a nude boy (Hope) with Abe's bony hand grasping the kid's head like a cantaloupe.

Vermont sculptor Clyde DuVernet Hunt, who came from a well-connected family, displayed this at the 1939 New York World's Fair. The sculpture was donated to the museum in 1947.

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Lincoln with Dumb Hat and Nude Boy

Bennington Museum

Address:
75 Main St., Bennington, VT
Directions:
In the gated front courtyard of the Bennington Museum, which is on the west edge of town on the south side of Hwy 9/W. Main St. Access to statue is free, but only when the gate is open during museum hours.
Hours:
Summer daily 10-5, fewer days off-season. (Call to verify)
Phone:
802-447-1571
RA Rates:
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