1. Creator/Author:
  2. Otis Polley (1)

The Boundary Oak

Creator:
Otis Polley
Location:
unknown place made
Origin Date:
1979
Materials:
paper
Measurements:
overall: 19 in x 23 7/16 in
Item ID:
71.2009.081.1755
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Fine Art

Description

This color print is a reproduction of an original painting by artist Otis Polley done from a photograph taken in winter of 1948 by Howard Gardner of Hodgenville, Kentucky. The print features the "Boundary Oak" that marked the edge of the Lincoln farm in Hodgenville, Kentucky. The oak tree stands in the center of the print and its branches extend upward off the page. Other smaller trees stand behind and on either side of it, but the oak is the dominant feature of the print. The scene appears to take place in winter, as there is snow on the ground and on the branches of the trees. There is a split rail fence on the left and right sides of the tree, but there is a gap where the tree stands. "THE BOUNDARY OAK" is printed in the bottom center of the image, with "Abraham Lincoln Birthplace" below that and "Hodgenville, KY." in a third line. "Limited Edition Otis L. Polly [sic] 1979" is printed in the bottom left corner, with 349/500 written in pencil next to it. The artist's signature, "O. Polley" is written in black in the bottom right corner, with "Otis Polley" signed in pencil just above it. "Plate No. 1" is printed in the very bottom right corner. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum