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"Washington as President": Design for a Proposed Statuary Group, Washington Memorial Arch, New York City
Date: ca. 1890
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Medium: Black ink on beige paper, laid on board
Dimensions: Overall: 11 3/8 x 8 in. (28.9 x 20.3 cm) mat: 19 1/4 x 14 1/8 in. ( 48.9 x 35.9 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Design drawing
Credit Line: Gift of William Rhinelander Stewart
Object Number: 1924.152
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Inscribed: Inscribed along lower edge in black ink: "One of two original sketches made by Frederick McMonnies [sic] for / two groups of statues for the Washington Arch in Washington Square / not approved by the Committee / Wm R Stewart"

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On April 30, 1890, ground was broken for a permanent marble Washington Memorial Arch at the foot of Fifth Avene, New York City, to replace a temporary arch erected in 1889 to commemorate the centennial of George Washington's inauguration as first president of the United States. The stone arch, as well as its predecessor, was designed by Stanford White (1853-1906). In 1892 the last block of marble was set in place by William Rhinelander Stewart (1852-1929), the donor, who also initiated the work.


"Drawn By New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings," New-York Historical Society, September 18, 2008–January 07, 2009.