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Taft's Lincoln 

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Dear Ms. True:

Two slight corrections regarding the Taft plaster sculpture of the Standing Lincoln, said to be given to the Vanderpoel collection by the Art Institute and never executed [Separation Anxiety," May 30]. Actually, Mr. Taft personally donated the cast to the collection in 1927, and a statue was executed from the cast which appeared on the lawn of the Urbana-Lincoln Hotel in 1928. I verified this to Allen Weller, curator emeritus of Krannert Art Museum, for his book Lorado Taft: The Chicago Years, which Dr. Weller finished by his death in 1998 but which is still unpublished by the University of Illinois.

Jimmie Lee Buehler

Historian

John H. Vanderpoel Art Association

Jeff Huebner replies:

Sorry for the error. Thanks for the correction.

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