Arm and Torch of the Statue of Liberty (in Madison Square Park)

Arm and Torch of the Statue of Liberty (in Madison Square Park)
Title
Arm and Torch of the Statue of Liberty (in Madison Square Park)
Date 
c. 1877-84
Medium 
Black ink and touches of white lead pigment and scratching out on card
Dimensions 
Overall: 19 1/8 x 14 1/8 in. ( 48.6 x 35.9 cm )
Description 
Cityscape detail
Credit Line 
Samuel T. Shaw Memorial Collection
Object Number 
1946.385
Marks 
inscriptions: Signed, lower right: Samuel T. Shaw; survey card also includes: Arm and hand...
Inscriptions 
Signed at the lower right outside image in graphite: "Samuel T. Shaw"; inscribed above outside the image: "I thought this was on exhibtion in Union Square -- but I do not / remember the water -- was this hand on exhibition in abt. 1885?"; below outside image: "Arm and hand, Statue of Liberty"
Gallery Label 
The drawing depicts the arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty on display at the International Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. Originally intended for completion in time for the nation's centennial on July 4, 1876, the statue was not unveiled until ten years later. To generate enthusiasm for the project and raise money for the construction of the massive concrete pedestal, the 30-foot raised arm and torch were displayed at the Centennial Exhibition, and later in New York City's Madison Square Park.
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Creative: Tronvig Group