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Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh
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Cast after
Jo Davidson, 30 Mar 1883 - 2 Jan 1952
Foundry
C. Valsuani
Sitter
Charles Augustus Lindbergh, 4 Feb 1902 - 26 Aug 1974
Date
1967 cast after 1939 original
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
With Base: 53.7 x 17.8 x 26.4cm (21 1/8 x 7 x 10 3/8")
Base: 14.9 x 14.9cm (5 7/8 x 5 7/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Object number
NPG.68.10
Exhibition Label
On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from New York in his single-engine Spirit of St. Louis. He landed thirty-six hours later at Paris’s Le Bourget Aerodrome, greeted by 100,000 cheering Frenchmen. His instant fame in Europe was echoed by millions in the United States, and he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Later, before World War II, Lindbergh’s admiration for German efficiency and industry, his campaign against America’s entry into the war, and his anti-Semitism could not fully dim the luster. The battle of the “lone eagle” against the elements and the machine struck a chord in America’s psyche that reverberates today.
Provenance
(M. Knoedler & Co., Inc.), New York; purchased NPG 1968
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
20th Century Americans: 1900-1930 (re-installation 2012)
On View
NPG, South Gallery 322
Place
France\Île-de-France\Ville de Paris, Départment de\Paris