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Artist:
Charles Grafly, born Philadelphia, PA 1862-died Philadelphia, PA 1929  Search this
Medium:
bronze
Dimensions:
36 1/8 x 18 x 18 in. (91.9 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1915-1925
Luce Center Label:
In 1913 the state of Pennsylvania commissioned a statue of Civil War general George Meade, a native Pennsylvanian who led the Union troops to victory at the Battle of Gettysburg. Originally installed at Union Square, Washington, D.C., in 1922, the memorial was moved by the National Park Service into storage in 1969 for the construction of the reflecting pool, where it remained until 1983. It was then reinstalled on Pennsylvania Avenue and 3rd Street, near the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse.
General Meade is surrounded by allegorical figures representing Loyalty, Chivalry, Fame, Progress, Military Courage, and Energy, qualities that Grafly believed were characteristic of successful military leaders. The figures of Loyalty and Chivalry flank the general and remove his symbolic "cloak of battle," which General Meade leaves behind as he moves toward peace. In the back of the memorial, a winged representation of War links arms with Military Courage, suggesting that these extraordinary qualities derive from war. The state seal of Pennsylvania adorns the top of the memorial. (Grace E. Emerson, "The Meade Memorial," The Washington Post, April 18, 1926)
Topic:
Figure group\nude  Search this
Study\sculpture model  Search this
History\United States\Civil War  Search this
Allegory\other\triumph  Search this
Monument\statue\Meade  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dorothy Grafly
Object number:
1968.40
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2nd Floor, East Wing
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7628e7f9f-2e4a-433a-ad97-d4aafabc9731
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1968.40