Nathan Hale: Yale 1773 :: Curator: Richard E. Mooney mssa exhibition

Hale's Life in Connecticut  |  The Years At Yale  |  In The Revolutionary War  |  How Sculptors Saw Him  |  George Dudley Seymour  |  Images & Namesakes  

AS SCULPTORS SAW HIM: Images of the Young Hero
Hale statue on Yale's old campus
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Imaging Hale in bronze
There are Hale statues by at least eight sculptors at dozens of sites. With no life portrait and only sketchy information that he was 6 feet tall and well built, sculptors used imagination – and a little discretion; none showed the powder burn on his forehead nor the wart on his neck.
The statue in City Hall Park in New York was the first. The Sons of the Revolution unveiled it on Evacuation Day in November 1893, two decades before the statue at Yale. The sculptor was Frederick MacMonnies, a young pupil of Augustus St. Gaudens. The Smithsonian Institution's inventory of American sculpture lists 21 copies of it, full-size and reduced. The White House has a small one..