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  • MacDonald, James Wilson Alexander,
     
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  • Portrait male -- Garfield, James A.
     
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  • Occupation -- Political
     
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  • Outdoor Sculpture -- Connecticut -- Danbury
     
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  • Sculpture
     
     
    James Garfield, (sculpture).
    Artist: 
    MacDonald, James Wilson Alexander, 1824-1908, sculptor.
    Title: 
    James Garfield, (sculpture).
    Other Titles: 
    Garfield Monument, (sculpture).
    Dates: 
    Copyrighted 1881. Cast 1884. Dedicated 1884. Relocated 1931.
    Digital Reference: 
    Image
    Medium: 
    Sculpture: bronze; Base: black Quincy granite.
    Dimensions: 
    Sculpture: approx. 26 x 14 x 10 in.; Base: approx. 6 ft. x 19 in. x 19 in.
    Inscription: 
    (Sculpture, center rear:) Wilson MacDonald Copyright 1881 (Base, front:) PRESIDENT/JAMES A. GARFIELD/ERECTED/1885 (Base, rear:) Erected by E.A. Housman signed
    Description: 
    The bronze bust of James A. Garfield with a beard and moustache is installed on top of a tall shaft of polished black granite.
    Subject: 
    Portrait male -- Garfield, James A. -- Bust
    Occupation -- Political -- President
    Object Type: 
    Outdoor Sculpture -- Connecticut -- Danbury
    Sculpture
    Owner: 
    Administered by City of Danbury, Parks and Recreation Department, 7 East Hayestown Road, Danbury, Connecticut 06811
    Located West Street Park, 83 West Street, Danbury, Connecticut
    Provenance: 
    Formerly located In a small park at West Wooster & Division Streets, Danbury, Connecticut 1884-1931.
    Remarks: 
    The sculpture was commissioned and donated to the City of Danbury by Edward A. Housman, a local philanthropist, who installed the sculpture near his home on Deer Hill Avenue in a small park at the intersection of West Wooster and Division Streets. The sculpture was moved to its current site in 1931 when residents of the neighborhood petitioned for a new sidewalk. IAS files contain a newspaper article from The Danbury News-Times, Dec. 12, 1993, pg. 3 which includes a photograph taken in 1896 of the sculpture in its original site near Housman's home. Both the Housman home and the park are no longer extant. For additional information see also the Danbury Evening News, Aug. 19, 1884, pg. 4; Sept. 15, 1884, pg. 4; and Aug. 20, 1929, pg. 8; and The Danbury News-Times, Aug. 28, 1954, pg. 4 and May 30, 1993, pg. E3. The sculpture was restored in 1993 after it was knocked off of its base by a car.
    References: 
    Index of American Sculpture, University of Delaware, 1985.
    Save Outdoor Sculpture, Connecticut survey, 1993.
    Illustration: 
    Image on file.
    The Danbury News-Times, Dec. 12, 1993, pg. 3.
    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 76007009
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