Jacques Lipchitz
Sketch for ‘Government of the People’ 1967–8

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Jacques Lipchitz 1891–1973
Sketch for ‘Government of the People’
Date 1967–8
Medium Plaster
Dimensions Object: 864 x 530 x 260 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982
Not on display

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In 1967, Lipchitz was commissioned to make a monument for the Municipal Plaza in Philadelphia. He described his preliminary model as 'a sort of totem pole', with a pair of nude figures on each tier. According to Lipchitz's account, the upper layer is the Philadelphia city flag, although in the full size sculpture it appears to be made up of reclining figures. The title, which was given by the commissioning body after seeing early designs, is a quotation from Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

August 2004

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