John Flanagan was a well-known American sculptor and medalist. Born in Newark, New Jersey on April 4, 1898, he moved to New York City and created many works of art, including portrait sculptures, before his death on March 28, 1952. Among Flanagans most famous works are the eagle that is stamped on the back of the United States quarter and the clock that can be seen in the main reading room of the Library of Congress. Throughout his career, Flanagan was a member of various artists groups, had his work displayed at numerous museums, received awards for his work, and was even inducted as a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1927, becoming as officer of the group in 1934.
Flanagan studied with Chapu, Falguiere and St. Gaudens in Paris. Considered Americas leading medalist, he created many commemorative medals over the course of his life. His memberships included the National Institute of Arts and Letters (NAL), the National Sculpture Society (NSS), and the American Numismatic Society.
Flanagan's works have been exhibited all over the world. His medals have been seen in the Paris Salon, the Paris Expo in 1900, the Pan-American Expo in Buffalo in 1901, the St. Louis Expo in 1904, the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915, and the American Numismatic Society in 1921. One of his gold works was exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1932 and he received a prize for his work from the Allied Artists of America.
Flanagan's medals can be seen at Musee du Jeu de Paume, Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Newark Museum, the St. Louis Art Museum (currently called the City Art Museum), the Carnegie Institute, and the Library of Congress. A statue sculpted by him can be found in Albany, New York and various memorials are located at the Free Public Library in Newark, the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., the Aetna Life Insurance Building in Hartford, Connecticut, and the School of Albany, New York. Flanagan created a war medal for the town of Marion, Massachusetts and another medal for the Garden Club of America. One of Flanagans works, the Medaille de Verdun, was presented by the President of the United States to the City of Verdun. The Museum of Ghent, Belgium and the American Numismatic Society in New York also house some of his other works.
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