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THE NATION'S FIRST MONUMENT AND THE ORIGINS OF THE AMERICAN MEMORIAL TRADITION: LIBERTY ENSHRINED. Sally Webster. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham/Burlington, 2015. 254 pp. with 65 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2014-38426 ISBN 9781472418999 In English.
Publisher's description: The commemorative tradition in early American art is given sustained consideration for the first time in Sally Webster's fascinating study of public monuments and the construction of an American patronymic tradition. Until now, no attempt has been made to create a coherent early history of the carved symbolic language of American liberty and independence. Establishing as the basis of her discussion the fledgling nation's first monument, Jean-Jacques Caffieri's Monument to General Richard Montgomery (commissioned in January of 1776), Webster builds on the themes of commemoration and national patrimony, ultimately positing that like its instruments of government, America drew from the Enlightenment and its reverence for the classical past. Webster's study is grounded in the political and social worlds of New York City, moving chronologically from the 1760s to the 1790s, with a concluding chapter considering the monument, which lies just east of Ground Zero, against the backdrop of 9/11.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1600-1800 — Sculpture, Several Media
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 165382
Hardcover $104.95    

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