115 x 84 1/2 x 39 3/4 in. (292.1 x 214.6 x 101 cm)
Gift of the Actors of the City of New York, 1885
Not on view
The Edgar Allan Poe Memorial was executed by Park in Florence and unveiled at the Metropolitan Museum on May 4, 1885. The memorial was commissioned by a group of New York actors in memory of American writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849). The central focus of the composition is a bronze relief portrait of Poe, situated within a classical marble entablature. A full-length female figure, carved in marble, stands to the left of the portrait holding a marble wreath of oak leaves and acorns. The lengthy inscription engraved on the marble tablet, was written by drama critic William Winter.
Signature: [right front]: R.H. PARK. Sc
Inscription: [front]: This Memorial, expressing a deep and personal / sympathy between the Stage and the Literature of / America, was placed here by the Actors of New York, / to commemorate the American Poet / EDGAR ALLAN POE, / whose parents--DAVID POE, JR., and ELIZABETH / ARNOLD, his wife--were Actors, and whose renown / should, therefore, be cherished, with peculiar reverence / and pride, by the Dramatic Profession / of his country. / He was born in Boston, the 19th of January, 1809; / he died in Baltimore, the 7th of October, 1849. / / He was great in his genius; unhappy in his life; / wretched in his death. But in his fame he is immortal. / / Saepius ventis agitatur ingens / Pinus, et celsae graviore casu / / Decidunt turres, feriuntque summos / Fulgura montes." ["Very often the mighty pine and lofty trees / Are driven on by the winds and a more serious misfortune: / The towers fall down, and the high mountains / Get struck by lightning."]