"The General Sherman Monument" Central Park Tip by von.otter
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“War is cruelty. There’s no use trying to reform it, the crueler it is the sooner it will be over.”
— William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891)
Augustus St.Gaudens (1848-1907), American sculptor and New York City resident, sculptured the gilded equestrian bronze of General William Tecumseh Sherman in Paris. It was completed in 1903. In 1888 Sherman had sat 18 times, at two-hours stretches, for St. Gaudens to model a bust of the general, who had lived in New York following the Civil War. Charles McKim, of the prominent 19th-century architectural firm McKim, Mead, and White, designed the granite pedestal.
Unveiled on Memorial Day of 1903 in Grand Army Plaza, which is the main entrance to Central Park, it is Peace, holding an olive branch, who is leading Sherman. The artist used his mistress, Davida Johnson, as the model for the allegorical figure. The pine branch at the horse’s feet represents the general’s march to the sea through Georgia.
From first proposal to completion of the project 11 years had past. The citizens of New York, under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce of New York State, paid for the work.
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