Fire Chief Harry Howard
Polychrome painted and carved wood
Overall: 100 x 66 x 44 in. ( 254 x 167.6 x 111.8 cm )
Polychrome carved wooden sculpture of male figure in fireman's uniform and hat; left arm raised with finger pointed, right hand holding holds speaking horn; on square pedestal. The sculpture is fashioned from primarily one piece of wood with additions in multiple pieces for the arms, horn, left foot, drapes and pockets of the coat, helmet, medallion, and base. The wood has been carved and painted, there are multiple layers (5-6) of paint, and a coating layer that covers portions of the sculpture.
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Conservation was made possible with the generous support of John S. Tamagni in honor of his grandfather Arthur Searle, NYFD, 1886-1909
Harry Howard Hose Company, 115 Christopher Street, ca. 1853-1865; Neptune Engine Company No. 2, Paterson, New Jersey; Protection Engine Company No. 5, Paterson, New Jersey; Paterson Exempt Firemen's Assocation, Paterson, New Jersey; The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman, 1936; purchased by N-YHS 1937.
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