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Rhind, John Massey 1860-1936  Search this
Gorham Manufacturing Company  Search this
Colt, Samuel  Search this
Sculpture: bronze; Base: granite
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Administered by City of Hartford Parks and Recreation Department 106 Wethersfield Avenue Hartford Connecticut 06114
Located Colt Park Wethersfield Avenue entrance Hartford Connecticut 06106
1905. Dedicated April 26, 1906
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Connecticut survey, 1993.
Index of American Sculpture, University of Delaware, 1985.
SOS Conservation Treatment Award, 2001.
Image on file.
The Hartford Times, Accent, March 30, 1975, pg. 2.
GORHAM MFG Co. Founder (Front center of exedra:) SAMUEL COLT/1814-1862/ON THE GROUNDS ON WHICH/HIS TASTE BEAUTIFIED/BY THE HOME HE LOVED/THIS MEMORIAL STANDS/TO SPEAK OF HIS GENIUS/HIS ENTERPRISE AND HIS/SUCCESS AND OF HIS/GREAT AND LOYAL HEART (Rear center of exedra:) HIS WIFE IN FAITHFUL AFFECTION/DEDICATES THIS MEMORIAL/1905 (Embedded in stone of base in front of center of exedra:) VINCIT QUI PATITUR (Beneath left relief:) Royal presentation Saint Peters 8VRC 1854 (Beneath right relief:) Demonstration before the House of Commons 1854/J. Massey Rhind ScVI Founder's mark appears.
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An elaborate memorial comprised of granite stairs that lead to an exedra topped by a bronze full-length standing portrait of Samuel Colt as a grown man and industrial tycoon. On the granite steps below, there is a bronze seated portrait of Samuel Colt as a young sailor holding a wooden revolver that he has whittled. The wings of the exedra contain two relief panels depicting scenes from Colt's life. In the panel on the left, Colt is presenting sample guns to the Czar of Russia. In the panel on the right, Colt is demonstrating his gun to the British House of Commons.
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Military--Colonel  Search this
Occupation--Science--Inventor  Search this
Object--Weapon--Gun  Search this
Control number:
IAS 75001651
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums