Alexander Hamilton - Boston, MA
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N 42° 21.199 W 071° 04.342
19T E 329320 N 4691086
Quick Description: This statue is a nine-foot carving by William Rimmer, using impressionistic techniques that were criticized at the time, but its qualities receive present-day recognition.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 7/5/2011 7:41:06 PM
Waymark Code: WMBYWT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
In Boston's Back Bay section is the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, a narrow strip of parkland between the lanes of the avenue. Along this mall is a statue of President Alexander Hamilton.

The statue is a full figure of Alexander Hamilton on a four-side pedestal, with the bottom part made of darker gray than the rest of the statue. Hamilton is draped in loose robes and looks ahead, giving the impression of aloofness. On the pedestal are several passages of text and designs.

The front has profiles of three faces - the Inventory page identifies one of the faces as being that of George Washington. The artists' initials, "W.R" plus "SC" for Sculptor are below them. At the bottom is the text, "The gift of Thomas Lee."

On one side is the text:
"Orator, writer, soldier, jurist,
financier
Although his particular
Province was the Treasury,
His genius pervaded the whole
Administration of Washington"

Another side bears the text:
"Alexander Hamilton
Born in the island of
Nevis, West Indies
11 January 1757,
Died in New York, 12 July 1804."

On another side is the following:
"This statue erected by
Thomas Lee
a Citizen of Boston."

See the link to the Boston Public Art web site for specifics on this statue.

Source:

Public Art Boston.com (Alexander Hamilton):
(visit link)
TITLE: Alexander Hamilton

ARTIST(S): William Rimmer

DATE: 1/1/1865

MEDIUM: Granite

CONTROL NUMBER: IAS 76007647

Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
Commonwealth Avenue Mall Park, about a block from Boston Public Garden.


DIFFERENCES NOTED BETWEEN THE INVENTORY LISTING AND YOUR OBSERVATIONS AND RESEARCH:
None noted.


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