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Reliefs on the Memorial Bell Tower, (sculpture)

Catalog Data

Sculptor:
Rockwell, Peter 1936-2020  Search this
Designer:
Rockwell, Norman 1894-1978  Search this
Architect:
Dirlam, Arland A.  Search this
Contractor:
R. E. Bean Construction Company  Search this
Subject:
Barton, Clara  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures-Architectural component
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Cathedral of the Pines Board of Trustees Cathedral Avenue Rindge New Hampshire 03461
Located Cathedral of the Pines Memorial Bell Tower Rindge New Hampshire
Date:
1964-1965. Dedicated May 28, 1967
Notes:
Save Outdoor Sculpture, New Hampshire survey, 1993.
SOS Assessment Award, 2000.
Inventory staff, 2001.
Image on file.
(On lower proper right corner of west and east panels:) NR/PR (On lower proper right corner of north panel:) PR/NR signed
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Summary:
Four bronze bas-relief panels attached high on the four sides of the Memorial Bell Tower, "a national tribute to all American women who sacrificed their lives in the wars of our country." The panel on the east side depicts the heads and shoulders of five female figures, all seen in proper right profile. At the bottom is a riveter. She wears a blouse and overalls and has a protective facemask raised over her head. She carries a riveter over her proper left shoulder. Above and behind her is a journalist wearing a hat and holding a notepad in her proper left hand and a pencil in her proper right hand. In front of her is an entertainer, speaking into a microphone. At the top of the relief in back is a Salvation Army worker. She wears a uniform and bonnet and holds a tambourine in her hand. In front of her is a Sister of Charity, wearing a habit and large bonnet. Her hands are clasped in prayer.
The north panel depicts Clara Barton helping a wounded Civil War soldier. She stands on the proper left and wears a long dress and apron. The soldier has his proper left arm around her shoulders; his proper right arm hangs in a sling. He is dressed in uniform and walks with his head bent. Behind the two figures, high in the background, are troops on a battlefield.
The west panel depicts five women from the waist up. They are shown in proper left profile. Each is dressed in the uniform of a different branch of the armed services: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Corps and Coast Guard. They all wear handbags strapped over their proper left shoulders. An American flag serves as a backdrop to the scene.
The south panel depicts a pioneer woman and child. The woman wears period costume including a long dress and apron. Her hair is pulled back in a bun and she holds a long-barrel rifle with both hands. The barrel of the gun is tilted down. She stands in the doorway of a log cabin and gazes off to the proper left. Behind the woman, on her proper right side, is a young girl. She wears a dress and holds her mother's skirt with her proper right hand. Both the girl and the woman are barefoot.
Topic:
Figure group--Female--Bust  Search this
Occupation--Industry--Manufacturing  Search this
Occupation--Writer--Journalist  Search this
Occupation--Religion--Missionary  Search this
Performing Arts--Theater--Performer  Search this
Occupation--Religion--Nun  Search this
Portrait female--Full length  Search this
Figure male--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Military--Soldier  Search this
Dress--Uniform--Military Uniform  Search this
History--United States--Civil War  Search this
Occupation--Medicine--Nurse  Search this
State of Being--Illness--Wound  Search this
State of Being--Evil--War  Search this
Figure group--Female & Child  Search this
History--United States--Westward Expansion  Search this
Object--Weapon--Gun  Search this
Architecture--Detail--Door  Search this
Control number:
IAS NH000402
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_338666