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Witherspoon Building Figures: James Caldwell, (sculpture)

Catalog Data

Sculptor:
Calder, Alexander Stirling 1870-1945  Search this
Subject:
Caldwell, James  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: cast stone; Base: cast stone
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Presbyterian Historical Society 425 Lombard Street Courtyard Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19147
Date:
1898-1899. Relocated 1961
Notes:
Index of American Sculpture, University of Delaware 1985.
Fairmount Park Art Assoc., "Sculpture of a City: Philadelphia's Treasures in Bronze & Stone," NY: Walker Publ., 1974, pg. 209.
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia survey, 1993.
Image on file.
Fairmount Park Art Assoc., "Sculpture of a City: Philadelphia's Treasures in Bronze & Stone," NY: Walker Publ., 1974, pg. 209.
unsigned
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Summary:
One of six figures of prominent Presbyterians which are installed in two groups of three along the wall of the building's courtyard. Portrait of James Caldwell dressed in a full-length cape and a three-cornered hat. He stands with proper right leg slightly forward. His proper left arm is covered by his cape and is bent up to his chest. With his proper left hand he holds a book and grasps the edge of his cape, pulling the front portion of the cape up to his chest. His proper right hand rests on the handle of a sword visible beneath the proper right edge of his cape. His proper right arm is partially covered by his cape and as he reaches out he reveals his proper left leg and the sword. He faces forward and stares out into the distance. Constructed of four hollow, cast-stone segments joined by a 1/2-3/4 inch thick layer of mortar, the figure of James Caldwell rests on a low, square-shaped, cast stone base.
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Dress--Historic--Eighteenth Century Dress  Search this
Occupation--Religion--Clergy  Search this
Control number:
IAS 88320053
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_307248