John Flanagan (sculptor)

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Not to be confused with John Flannagan (sculptor).
For other people named John Flanagan, see John Flanagan (disambiguation).
John Flanagan

John Flanagan (1865–1952) was a sculptor who was known for his designs for coins and medals.

Washington quarter[edit]

Flanagan designed the Washington U.S. quarter dollar coin, which was issued in 1932. Flanagan's initials can be found at the base of Washington's neck. Flanagan designed both sides of the quarter. He also designed a medallion commemorating the World War I Battle of Verdun. The inscription on it reads, 'They Shall Not Pass', and the medal is found in the Lafayette Database of American Art in French National collections.

Other work[edit]

From 1885 to 1890, Flanagan was a studio assistant to Augustus St. Gaudens and worked on several large projects. A bronze portrait bust of St. Gaudens by Flanagan of 1924 exists in several copies, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, New York University and elsewhere.[1]

In 1911, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full Academician in 1928.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ American Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: A catalogue, pp. Volume 2, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), google books