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Tombstone (First used as the pedestal for the equestrian statue of George III)

Object Number: 
1874.6
Date: 
ca. 1770
Medium: 
Marble
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 1/2 x 77 x 37 in. ( 16.5 x 195.6 x 94 cm )
Marks: 
inscriptions: Inscribed: "In Memory of/ Major John Smith/ of the/ XLIInd or Royal Reg/ Who died 25 July 1783/ In the 48th year of his Age/ This stone is erected/ By the [O]fficers of that Regt/ His Bravery Generosity & Humility/ During and honourable serv
Description: 
Rectangular marble slab; carved inscription on one side; other side has three circular indentations roughly five inches in diameter, one piercing slab completely. Originally used as pedestal for the equestrian statue of King George III.
Gallery Label: 
This stone slab was originally the pedestal for the equestrian statue of King George III which stood on Bowling Green. The statue was pulled down by a jubilant crowd after a public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 9, 1776. In 1783, the stone became the tombstone of Major John Smith of the British army. When Smith's grave was leveled in 1804, it was made the front step of the mansion of Cornelius Van Vorst, Sr. The whereabouts of Smith's remains is unknown.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Cornelius Van Vorst
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group