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  • Conway, John S.,
     
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  • Fonde Crescenzi,
     
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  • History -- United States
     
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  • Figure group -- Male
     
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  • Occupation -- Military
     
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  • Architecture -- Military
     
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  • Outdoor Sculpture -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee
     
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  • Sculpture
     
     
    The Soldier's Monument, (sculpture).
    Artist: 
    Conway, John S., 1852-1925, sculptor.
    Fonde Crescenzi, founder.
    Title: 
    The Soldier's Monument, (sculpture).
    Other Titles: 
    Victorious Charge, (sculpture).
    Civil War Monument, (sculpture).
    Dates: 
    Commissioned 1885. Dedicated June 28, 1898.
    Medium: 
    Sculpture: bronze, with green patina; Base: polished Vermont granite.
    Dimensions: 
    Sculpture: approx. 118 x 130 x 142 in.; Base: approx. 96 1/2 x 186 x 186 in.
    Inscription: 
    (Front, lower proper left, sculpture:) JOHN S. CONWAY SCULPTOR (Back, lower proper right, sculpture:) FOND CRESCENZI ROMA 1898 (Front of base:) TO.THOSE.WHO.FOUGHT.IN.THE.WAR.FOR.THE.UNION.1861-1865/ERECTED.1898 signed Founder's mark appears.
    Description: 
    A dramatic scene depicting four Union soldiers on battlefield, moving forward toward victory. A bearded standard bearer, having fallen in the course of a victorious charge, supports himself on his proper left forearm. His weapon has dropped from his proper left hand and his cap has fallen from his proper right hand. A young private has stepped over his body and is thrusting a furled flag skyward. To his left is an officer, pistol in proper left hand and sword in proper right, continues forward. To the right is another private charging forward.
    Subject: 
    History -- United States -- Civil War
    Figure group -- Male
    Occupation -- Military -- Soldier
    Architecture -- Military -- Battlefield
    Object -- Other -- Flag
    Object -- Weapon -- Gun
    Object -- Weapon -- Sword
    Object Type: 
    Outdoor Sculpture -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee
    Sculpture
    Owner: 
    Administered by City of Milwaukee, Bureau of Bridges & Public Buildings, 841 North Broadway, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
    Located Court of Honor, West Wisconsin Avenue, between North 9th & North 10th Streets, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Remarks: 
    The memorial which cost $30,000 was funded by Milwaukee financier and businessman Alexander Mitchell, who commissioned the artist in 1885. Fund raising efforts were delayed with Mitchell's death in 1887 and the financial panic of 1893. Eventually, Lydia Elyttewitt took over fund raising, and through various events and the compilation and sale of an autograph book of 2,000 famous American signatures to Capt. Frederick Pabst, funds were raised to complete the statue. (The autograph book is now in the collection of the Milwaukee Public Library's Rare Book Room.) Conway's studio in Italy finished the bronze work and shipped it to Milwaukee.
    IAS files contain related newsclippings from Roman World, May 14, 1898, pg. 7; Milwaukee Sentinel, June 26 (or 29), 1898, pg. 2; Chicago Evening Post, July 28, 1898, pg. 7; Chicago Times Herald, June 29, 1898; and the Milwaukee Journal, May 11, 1899. IAS files include additional bibliographic citations.
    References: 
    Save Outdoor Sculpture, Wisconsin, Milwaukee survey, 1993.
    Palmer, Virginia A., 1989.
    Monumental News, April, 1895, pg. 247.
    SOS Conservation Treatment Award, 2000.
    Illustration: 
    Image on file.
    Monumental News, April, 1895, pg. 246.
    Note: 
    The information provided about this artwork was compiled as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections worldwide.
    Repository: 
    Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture, Smithsonian American Art Museum, P.O. Box 37012, MRC 970, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
    Control Number: 
    IAS 74020004
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