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Sculptor:
Whitney, Anne 1821-1915  Search this
Founder:
Chicopee Bronze Works  Search this
Subject:
Ericson, Leif  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze; Base: red sandstone; Fountain basin: granite
Culture:
Norwegian  Search this
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Boston Office of Cultural Affairs Boston City Hall, Room 716 Boston Massachusetts 02201
Located Commonwealth Avenue Mall Charlesgate East Boston Massachusetts
Date:
1885. Dedicated Oct. 29, 1887
Notes:
Index of American Sculpture, University of Delaware, 1985
Zoukee, Sophye M., "Adopt-A-Statue Casebook," Boston: City of Boston, 1990.
Boston Art Commission, 1991.
"Public Art in Boston," Boston: Institute of Contemporary Art, 1975.
National Park Service, American Monuments and Outdoor Sculpture Database, MA5048, 1989.
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Massachusetts survey, 1993.
Monumental News, April and Sept. 1894; Jan. 1895.
Summary:
An elaborate red sandstone base carved in the shape of a Norse ship is topped by a standing bronze portrait of Leif Eriksson with his proper left hand raised to shield his eyes as he looks into the distance. In his proper right hand he holds a telescope against his hip. He is dressed in Viking armor and carries a small knife strapped to his belt. The sculpture rests atop a square red sandstone base which rests in the middle of what was once a granite fountain pool. The sandstone base is carved at the bottom in the shape of a Norse sailing ship complete with dragon figurehead. The lower corners of the base are carved with fish heads and around the top are two bands of relief carvings. A bronze relief plaque set into the right side of the base depicts Eriksson and his men landing on American shores and a bronze relief plaque set into the left side of the base depicts Eriksson in a banquet hall relating the story of his discoveries. The sandstone base rises from the center of an oval granite fountain basin adorned with two sets of steps.
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Other--Explorer  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Animal--Fish  Search this
Fantasy--Dragon  Search this
Architecture--Boat--Sailing Ship  Search this
Architecture--Boat--Detail  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Ceremony--Festival  Search this
Landscape--Coast  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76008357
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_19119