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

Object Number: 
c. 1877-84
Black ink and touches of white lead pigment and scratching out on card
Overall: 19 1/8 x 14 1/8 in. ( 48.6 x 35.9 cm )
inscriptions: Signed, lower right: Samuel T. Shaw; survey card also includes: Arm and hand...
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"
Cityscape detail
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.
Credit Line: 
Samuel T. Shaw Memorial Collection
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Creative: Tronvig Group