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Major General Philip Kearny

Artist:
Henry Kirke Brown (American, Leyden, Massachusetts 1814–1886 Newburgh, New York)
Date:
1872, cast 1900
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
30 1/2 x 22 3/4 x 13 1/2 in. (77.5 x 57.8 x 34.3 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Major George B. Halstead, 1900
Accession Number:
00.9
Not on view
While Brown was modeling a statue of Major General Philip Kearny for the United States Capitol in the early 1870s, the Kearny family probably commissioned him to execute this portrait bust (now in the Town Hall, Kearny, New Jersey). This cast of the sculpture was later ordered by Major General George B. Halstead, who once served under Kearny's command. From his first commission as 2nd Lieutenant of the 1st U.S. Dragoons to his fatal Civil War battle reconnoitering behind Confederate lines at Chantilly, Virginia, Major General Philip Kearny (1814–1862) led one of the most brilliant military careers of the nineteenth century.
Signature: [front of base]: FROM H. K. BROWN-SCULP. 1872.

Inscription: [front of base]: MAJ. GEN. PHILIP KEARNY / U.S.V. / KILLED IN BATTLE SEPTEMBER 1. 1862 / IN MEMORIAM A. D. 1900 / BY HIS "AIDE DE CAMP MAJ. GEORGE B. HALSTEAD / U.S.V. / APRIL 16. 1861-MARCH 1866. / JERSEY MEN / "DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MON"

Marking: [foundry mark and date, right side of base]: THE HENRY-BONNARD BRONZE Co / FOUNDERS. N.Y. 1900.
Major George Blight Halstead, 1900
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