Equestrian statue of George Washington
The statue in 2018
ArtistThomas Ball
MediumBronze sculpture
SubjectGeorge Washington
LocationBoston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Coordinates42°21′13.9″N 71°4′15.4″W / 42.353861°N 71.070944°W / 42.353861; -71.070944Coordinates: 42°21′13.9″N 71°4′15.4″W / 42.353861°N 71.070944°W / 42.353861; -71.070944

An equestrian statue of George Washington by Thomas Ball is installed in Boston's Public Garden, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts.

Description and history

The sculpture was commissioned in 1859, modeled in 1864, and cast and dedicated in 1869. The bronze measures approximately 22 x 6 x 15 ft, and rests on a granite base that measures approximately 16 x 8 x 15 ft. It was surveyed by the Smithsonian Institution's "Save Outdoor Sculpture!" program in 1993.[1]

The monument was conceived in an effort to present Massachusetts as an artistic center. The chairman of the fundraising committee for the monument, Alexander H. Rice, declared in a speech from 1859:

This statue shall exhibit the resources of our own State in the production of works of its class. The artist is a citizen of Boston; the statue will be modeled here; it will also be cast in bronze at some one of the foundries of Massachusetts, and it is expected that abundant funds for defraying its cost will flow from the generosity of our own people.[2]

Over the years, the statue's sword has repeatedly been broken and stolen; to avoid continually recasting a bronze replacement, caretakers installed a fiberglass substitute.[3]

References

  1. ^ "George Washington, (sculpture)". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  2. ^ Rice, Alexander (1859). An Address Delivered at the Music Hall, Boston, in Aid of the Fund for Ball's Equestrian Statue of Washington. Little, Brown and Company. p. 4.
  3. ^ Carlock, Marty (1993). A Guide to Public Art in Greater Boston. Harvard Common Press. p. 42.