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February 7, 2014

Meet Gloucester's Monuments Man: Walker Hancock

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His works included many public commissions, including statues, friezes and war memorials. One of his most prominent is the 39-foot bronze angel that is part of the Pennsylvania Railroad War Memorial in Philadelphia. He later created a war memorial at the Lorraine American Cemetery in France.

His portrait busts include those of Presidents George Bush, Abraham Lincoln and James Madison, as well as busts of Chief Justice Warren Burger, Robert Frost, Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.. His works stand in the Library of Congress, West Point, the Great Americans Hall of Fame, and the National Cathedral.

Long after the war was over, Altshuler recalled an unexpected moment when he and Hancock went to see a special exhibition on Monet at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston when the sculptor was in his early 90s.

“We walked into the show and he points and says ‘that painting right there, I had that in my hands — that was in the mine in Aachen,” recalled Altshuler, who followed his mentor’s footsteps into a successful career as a sculptor. “I was just amazed at this scene. It was a most incredible moment with a most incredible man.”

Gail McCarthy may be contacted at 978-283-7000 x2706 or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com.

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