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Washington Monument, at Fourteenth Street and Union Square

Artist:
Silas A. Holmes (American, 1820–1886)
Date:
1856–61
Medium:
Salted paper print from glass negative
Dimensions:
27.6 x 40.3 cm (10 7/8 x 15 7/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.182
Not on view
Inscription: Artist's blind stamp on mount, recto BRC: "[inside an oval] HOLMES, PHOTOGRAPHIST. // N.Y."
Charles Schwartz, Ltd.

Following text per Mary Black, New-York Historical Society:
"This view of the east side of Union Square at Fourth Avenue shows the elegant iron fence surrounding Henry K. Brown's bronze equestrian figure of Washington, on which his apprentice J. Q. A. Ward, also worked. Erected in 1856, it is one of the most successful of New York's outdoor sculptures and the oldest figure in New York still in its original location (although it has been moved from the triangle east of the square to its center). The group surrounding the figure forecasts the popularity of Union Square as a favorite gathering place for street orators. At the left is Union Square's three-acre park, at this date still surrounded by an iron fence. At left background is Everett House at the northeast corner of the park."
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