Eli Harvey (American, Ogden, Ohio 1860–1957 Alhambra, California)
11 x 14 5/8 x 5 3/8 in. (27.9 x 37.1 x 13.7 cm)
Gift of Edward D. Adams, 1919
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in the Great Hall
In 1919, Edward D. Adams donated a bronze eagle by Harvey, executed a year earlier. It was to be used as a crowning ornament for a marble tablet, inscribed with the names of Metropolitan Museum employees who had served in World War I. The memorial was created at Adams’ suggestion, with the help of a committee of Museum trustees, including Elihu Root, as well as the director, Edward Robinson. Unveiled on October 20, 1919, the memorial tablet remains in its original location off the Great Hall of the Museum to the left of the central staircase.