Spirit of the Confederacy - Houston, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member wildwoodke
N 29° 45.616 W 095° 22.356
15R E 270586 N 3294580
Quick Description: This monument placed in 1908 is made from bronze and granite. It is located near City Hall in downtown Houston, Texas
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 2/25/2008 1:21:30 PM
Waymark Code: WM38EJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 75

Long Description:

This sculpture was placed in Sam Houston Park by the Daughters of the Confederacy.

Artist (from - http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/AA/fam2.html)

AMATEIS, LOUIS (1855-1913). Louis Amateis, sculptor, was born in Turin, Italy, on December 13, 1855, the son of Gen. Paolo and Carolina Amateis. He studied architecture at the Institute of Technology and sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, both in Turin, and received a gold medal from the Royal Academy for outstanding work. In 1880 he received a silver medal at the National Exposition in Turin. He also studied art in Paris and Milan before immigrating to the United States in 1883. Amateis settled first in New York City, where he did some architectural sculpture, primarily for the firm of McKim, Mead, and White. He married Dora Ballin in New York City on February 24, 1889; they had four sons. After his marriage Amateis moved to Washington, D.C., to found the School of Architecture and Fine Arts at Columbian University (later George Washington University), where he served as chairman of the Department of Fine Arts from 1892 to 1902. Among some of his best known works are the bronze doors (1909) intended for the west main entrance to the United States Capitol, a monument to the heroes of the Texas Revolutionqv (1900) in Galveston, and busts of such prominent men as President Chester A. Arthur, Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock,qv and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

Amateis executed a number of monumental works in Texas. Four of his sculptures are in Galveston: the monument to the heroes of the Texas Revolution commissioned by Henry Rosenberg,qv a statue of Rosenberg himself (1906), a monument erected over the grave of Maj. Gen. John Bankhead Magruderqv (n.d.), and a bronze monument to the Confederate soldiers of the Civil Warqv located in City Park (1894-1912). His other works in Texas include Spirit of the Confederacy (1907) in Houston and Call to Arms (1907-08) in Corsicana. The seventy-four-foot-high monument to the heroes of the Texas Revolution in Galveston, with its combination of classical allegory, historical friezes, and portraits of Texas heroes, typifies Amateis's style.

Amateis was represented at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York (1901), and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis (1904). He also exhibited his work at the National Academy of Design in New York City and at the Art Society in Philadelphia. He was a member of the Society of Washington Artists, the National Sculpture Society, and the National Art Society. He died on March 16, 1913, in West Falls Church, Virginia, where he maintained a studio. His son, Edmond Romulus Amateis, became a prominent sculptor during the first half of the twentieth century. </p?

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Dictionary of American Biography. Peter Haskins Falk, ed., Who Was Who in American Art (Madison, Connecticut: Sound View, 1985). Esse Forrester-O'Brien, Art and Artists of Texas (Dallas: Tardy, 1935). James M. Goode, The Outdoor Sculpture of Washington, D.C. (Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1974). Patricia D. Hendricks and Becky D. Reese, A Century of Sculpture in Texas, 1889-1989 (Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas at Austin, 1989).

Rebecca H. Green and Kendall Curlee

Type of Memorial: Statue

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