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Saint Gaudens Statue in London, England

Visitors to Parliament Square sometimes wonder why this Lincoln statue came to be placed there. Created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, it's a full-size replica of his acclaimed original in Chicago's Lincoln Park.

The Saint-Gaudens statue was not intended for this spot, however. It replaces a replica of a controversial statue by George Barnard previously installed in Cincinnati, Ohio. When the president's son Robert heard that the Barnard statue was headed for London, he was appalled, calling it "simply horrible." Because of his influence, the Saint-Gaudens work was dedicated in London on July 28, 1920. The Barnard statue replica, dubbed the "stomach ache statue" because of the placement of the hands, went to Manchester, England instead.

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