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Fragment of the equestrian statue of King George III

Fragment of the equestrian statue of King George III
Title
Fragment of the equestrian statue of King George III
Date 
1770-1776
Medium 
Lead
Dimensions 
Overall: 5 1/2 x 13 x 17 1/2 in. ( 14 x 33 x 44.4 cm )
Description 
Fragment of molded lead statue resembling folds of a garment; traces of gilding on one side.
Credit Line 
Purchase
Object Number 
1878.4
Gallery Label 
The gilded statue of George III placed at Bowling Green by the British Government was torn from its pedestal by a jubilant crowd after a public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 9, 1776. Fragments of the statue were transported to Litchfield, Connecticut and made into bullets for the Revolutionary troops. It is believed that Connecticut Loyalists took some of the fragments and hid them in and around their homes, for pieces such as this have been found buried in the area.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group