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Gage Statue in Topeka, Kansas

On the grounds of the Kansas statehouse you will encounter this statue of a seated Lincoln. Merrell Gage of Topeka designed this bronze work, which was introduced to the public on February 12, 1918. Gage also created the famous pioneer woman statue located nearby and a seated statue of Lincoln as a young man displayed at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois.

Seated statues of Lincoln are more unusual than standing ones, and they tend to invite more public involvement. The sculptor intended this pose to convey a sense of approachability and friendliness. It's easy to imagine that Lincoln is listening intently to an imaginary audience.

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