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- Wikipedia Description: George Gordon Meade Memorial
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Meade Memorial, is a public artwork by American artist Charles Grafly, located at 3rd & Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. in Washington, D.C., United States. Meade Memorial was originally surveyed as part of the Smithsonian's Save Outdoor Sculpture! survey in 1993. The monument is a tribute to United States Army officer George Meade.
The statue is a contributing monument to the Civil War Monuments in Washington, DC, of the National Register of Historic Places.
This cylinder shaped statue features a figure of General George Meade on the proper front and a figure of War on the proper back, surrounded by six figures standing side by side. The six figures, all allegorical representations of Loyalty, Chivalry, Fame, Progress, Military Courage and Energy, were used by Grafly to show what he believed are traits needed to make a "great general.
To Meade's proper right is a male figure of Loyalty, and to his proper left is a female figure of Chivalry, who are shown removing Meade's cloak, which symbolizes the "cloak of battle." Above Meade's head Loyalty holds a wreath and garlands representing the generals deeds. Behind Loyalty stands a female figure of Fame who is supported by a male figure of Energy. Behind the figure of Chivalry is a male figure of Progress and behind him a male figure of Military Courage, who locks arms with War. Winged War is flanked by two memorial tablets. At the top of the monument is a gold finial with the state seal of Pennsylvania.
SOS! describes the statue as showing Meade "represented as the embodiment of all six allegorical qualities as he emerges from his cloak of battle and progresses into his future."
The sculpture is signed:
EXECUTED BY PICCIRILLI BROS
The back of the base features the inscription:
EDWARD P. SIMON
GRANT M. SIMON
And the lower front of the base has inscribed in bronze, lowercase letters:
and in uppercase letters:
TO MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE GORDON MEADE
THE UNION FORCES
(signed Founder's mark appears)
Residents of the state of Pennsylvania commissioned the sculpture on October 18, 1913. Authorized by an act of Congress on January 21, 1915, ground breaking took place eight years later on March 28, 1922 after approval of the sculpture design by the Washington Fine Arts Commission and the state of Pennsylvania. The memorial, which cost $400,000 , was originally installed at The botanical gardens at 3rd and Pennsylvania Ave near the statue of Ulysses S. Grant , only to be moved into National Park Service storage in 1966 due to construction. In 1983 it was finally installed at its current location.
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