|French had a talent for large monumental sculpture, his most famous work being the figure of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C. Here these two free-standing works occupy the corners of the Federal Building, and add to its sense of civic importance.|
Jurisprudence, Federal BuildingDaniel Chester French
|Both Commerce and Jurisprudence are allegorical works with female figures personifying the named activities. Here Jurisprudence holds the tables of the law, labelled in Latin--Lex whereas Commerce above holds a globe, representing international economic activity.|
The baseBoth figures are on tall bases (almost 12 feet high) with classical allusions--the Roman fasces and the double axe. French used the fasces on the chair Lincoln sits in at the Lincoln Memorial, there no doubt also representing power, authority, and jurisprudence.
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