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Volk Statue in Springfield, Illinois

If you drive past the east front of the Illinois State Capitol you will pass a bronze Lincoln statue, but if you venture inside you can see yet another depiction of Illinois' favorite son. There on the second floor rotunda you will encounter this Lincoln statue set in a niche facing a statue of his political opponent Stephen A. Douglas.

Completed in 1876, this towering work is actually plaster with a coating that resembles bronze. It was designed by Leonard Volk, the Chicago sculptor for whom Lincoln posed in 1860. Volk is most famous for the life mask and busts he made of Lincoln just before his presidential nomination.

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