Administered by Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1917.6.4
On loan to United States Department of the Interior National Park Service Washington District of Columbia
Located Robert Emmet Park Massachusetts Avenue & 24th Street, N.W Washington District of Columbia
1916. Dedicated June 28, 1917. Rededicated April 22, 1966. Rededicated April 27, 2016
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1990, 2006.
Goode, James M., "The Outdoor Sculpture of Washington, D.C., A Comprehensive Historical Guide," Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1974, pg. 301.
Smithsonian Institution Research Expeditions Volunteer Project, 1991.
National Park Service, American Monuments and Outdoor Sculpture Database, DC0006, 1989.
Save Outdoor Sculpture, District of Columbia survey, 1993.
Monumental News, March, 1915, pg. 158.
Michael Richman, SAAM curatorial assistant, 1967-1969.
Irish Times, April 28, 2016.
Image on file.
Goode, James M., "The Outdoor Sculpture of Washington, D.C., A Comprehensive Historical Guide," Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1974, H-24.
(On right side of bronze base of sculpture:) JEROME CONNOR/1916 (Front of stone base:) Robert Emmet/Irish Patriot/1778-1803/"Lidia-saon-eine" (On plaque, back of base:) "I WISHED TO PROCURE FOR MY/COUNTRY THE GUARANTEE WHICH/WASHINGTON PROCURED FOR AMERICA/I HAVE PARTED FROM EVERYTHING/THAT WAS DEAR TO ME IN THIS LIFE/FOR MY COUNTRY'S CAUSE/WHEN MY COUNTRY TAKES HER PLACE AMONG THE NATIONS OF THE/EARTH, THEN, AND NOT TILL THEN/LET MY EPITAPH BE WRITTEN"/Extracts from Emmet's speech/from the dock September 19, 1803 signed
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Portrait of the Irish revolutionist Robert Emmet as he appeared in 1803 when he delivered his famous speech in Dublin just before being sentenced to death by hanging. He stands with his proper right leg positioned slightly forward and his proper right hand stretched out. He is dressed in knee britches and a jacket with tails. The sculpture rests on a rectangular stone base installed in the middle of a small park a few blocks away from the Irish Embassy. The coat of arms for the United Irishmen appears on the front of the base.