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Nathan Hale

A work made of bronze.

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  • A work made of bronze.


Modeled 1890, cast after 1890


Frederick W. MacMonnies
American, 1863–1937
Cast by E. Gruet Jeune
Paris, France

About this artwork

Frederick William MacMonnies was one of the most important American sculptors of the late 19th century. Nathan Hale represents MacMonnies’s first public commission won by competition, and the sculpture’s installation in City Hall Park in New York brought him immediate fame. MacMonnies spent much of his professional life in France, where he earned and executed this commission. The figure’s modeling is remarkably expressive—even in this version of reduced scale—MacMonnies harmonizing a measure of romanticism with the period’s growing taste for naturalism in bronze. A Revolutionary War–era hero hanged by the British in 1776, Hale is shown moments before his death, his arms and feet bound, his clothes disheveled, yet his demeanor strong and dignified.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 161


Frederick William MacMonnies (Sculptor)


Nathan Hale


United States


Modeled 1890




Inscribed on right side of base: "F. MacMonnies 1890"/stamped, left rear: "E. Gruet Jeune, Paris"


H.: 72.4 cm (28 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Robert Allerton

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