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
letter 'Dear Mr. Seymour'
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Finding a sculptor
When George Dudley Seymour, devoted to the Hale memory, asked the eminent sculptor Augustus St. Gaudens to do Hale in 1898, St. Gaudens wrote from Paris that "it is a fine subject and a most attractive thing to do," but he had no time right away. Seymour then asked Bela Lyon Pratt, an 1899 graduate of the Yale Art School, who replied enthusiastically from Boston: "Never has there been a better chance to do exactly the kind of figure in which I am most deeply interested." Pratt got the job.