John Flanagan was born in Newark, New Jersey back in 1865. He attended Bartlett School in Boston and St-Gaudens in New York. He continued his education at the Falguidre at the Ecold des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After graduation, he returned to the United States.
He was a prolific medallic artist. He designed the official medal of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. He later deigned and sculpted the Verdun Medal, a gift of the United States to France commemorating the World War I Battle of Verdun. One copy of his works the bust of St. Gaudens is located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In 1911, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, becoming a full Academician in 1928. He died in 1952.
What you may not know about John is that he was the designer of the Washington quarter. His design started in 1932 and lasted until 1998 when the new “State Quarter” series started.
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