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|First Posted: Aug 8, 2012 |
Oct 11, 2012
Abraham Lincoln and His Horse, Old Bob or Old Robin
Video by Matt Ringelstetter/Old Bob Statue Arriving
Old Bob was the "Riderless Horse" used in Lincoln's funeral procession.
This statue of Abraham Lincoln and his horse, Old Bob, was created by Ivan Schwartz. The statue is made of bronze. It is life size and done as true to the times as possible. It should also be noted that old photos, clothing and skulls were studied. The skills of a forensic scientist were also used by New York-based StudioEIS. "For the statue of Lincoln, Mr. Schwartz and his team examined all the photos taken of the president and the life casts of his face and hands from 1860. Lincoln's surviving coat and top hat, now in the collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, were measured to accurately reflect the president's daily garb. 'He was 6 feet 4 inches, and wore a size 14 shoe,' notes the artist.
The saddled horse next to the sculpted Lincoln also took intensive research. The artists studied 19th-century equestrian statues in New York City and a photo of Old Bob, Lincoln's favorite horse. In consultation with equine experts, they chose an American Standardbred as the model for the sculpture." Honest Abe and Old Bob.
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Honest Abe and Old Bob