American, 1869 – 1934
Daniel Boone (1734 – 1820), about 1893
25 1/8 × 10 × 9 in. (63.8 × 25.4 × 22.9 cm.)
Gift of Mrs. J. J. Trask 1941.14.1
The rough, mottled surface and loosely rendered details of this plaster sculpture evoke the artist’s working method. You sense her fingers at work, digging gouges in the base and adding dabs of plaster to the figure’s contours. The sculpture’s painted-green surface mimics the appearance of aged bronze. Louisville native Enid Yandell made this as a preparatory study for a statue of Boone that stood in front of the Kentucky Building at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. A bronze version cast in 1906 overlooks the entrance to Cherokee Park today.