by Jim Ridley
Addressing his work on Abraham Lincoln, Lyon attributes the work of Robert Terry for the inspiration that led him to produce what he calls the Abraham Lincoln Portrait Collection. Initially, comprised of 37 separate images of Lincoln in different poses throughout the 1850s and 1860s, it is easy to admire the work while also noting the pen and ink’s portrayal of decline in the President’s health due to the Civil War and the likely effects of the connective-tissue genetic disorder Marfan syndrome.
The exhibit also showcases Lyon’s work on President George Washington. Exhibiting the same bold oversized portraits as the Lincoln Collection the Washington portraits provide a side-by-side comparison and artistic interpretive look of America’s first President throughout his public life.
To provide exhibit visitors with greater detail regarding the art of pen and ink, Lyon has put together a presentation of photographs and images to explain the level of commitment and time it took for him to produce this truly unique collection of work on two of America’s most beloved Presidents.
All exhibits of art in the City Hall Rotunda are open to the public at no charge during City Hall's regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except observed holidays.