Statues - Hither & Thither

Portugal
Funchal
(Fr. de São Martinho)
Madeira (ilha)

Reg. Aut. da Madeira

Caminho do Esmeraldo
(Cemitério de São Martinho)

Monumento às Vítimas da Guerra

Monument for the War Victims

Monument for the victims of 3 December 1916
Francisco Franco
Fundição Rua 5 de Junho (Funchal)
1917

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Description

Bronze sculpture of a man submerging in the waves and raising his arms ito the sky. "…submerging in choppy waves, a powerful figure of a man, a supreme anxiety, rises to the sky, as if he begs for ultimate protection, strong and muscular arms … And twitching of hands and immense anguish that reads the wrinkled faces, the artist described in immortal bronze, that tragic moment…"

On the pedestal a strophe by the poet Jaime Câmara.

Various bronze plaques and emblems were mounted on the pedestal.

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Inscription(s)

AOS
PORTUGUESES E FRANCESES
MORTOS NA MANHã DE 3 DE DEZEMBRO
1916

fragateiros, na rude, e extenuante lida,
granjeio para os seus,
–esplendente fanal,– eram a luz da vida
acêsa pela esperança e pela mão de deus!
o clarim da manhã cantava na baía,
o crysântemo abria à beira do balsedo …
e coriscou o raio e matou a alegria
a violência, (o fragor,) imortal, de um torpedo!

do 'suave responso'
jaime camara

"SURPRISE"

"KANGUROO"

"DACIA"

túmulo-monumento
erigido por subscrição, da
iniciativa de henrique v. de castro,
3-12-917.

TO
THE PORTUGUESE AND FRENCH
DEAD IN THE MORNING OF 3 DECEMBER
1916

UNCORRECTED GOOGLE TRANSLATION!

fragateiros, the rude, and strenuous read,
granjeio for your,
-Shining beacon, - were the light of life
illuminated by hope and by the hand of God!
the morning bugle sang at bay
the chrysantemum opened the verge of balsedo ...
coriscou and lightning and killed the joy
violence, (the din,) immortal, a torpedo!

the 'soft responso'
Jaime Câmara

"SURPRISE"

"KANGUROO"

"DACIA"

Tomb-monument
erected by subscription, on the
initiative of Henrique V. de Castro,
3-12-1917.

Signature

Francisco Franco | 1917
fundição | Rua 5 de Junho | funchal

Annotation

During the First World War, on 3 December 1916, the first German attack on the island of Madeira took place, a German U-Boat torpedoed and sank four ship anchored in the bay of Funchal: the French gunboat Surprise, the French submarine-carrier Kanguroo, the British cable laying vessel Dacia and the Portuguese barge that was to supply the Surprise coal. In this attack 33 foreign crew and eight Portuguese men working in the Blandy company that owned the coal business died. Afterwards, the U-boat bombarded Funchal for two hours.

The following year, promoted by public subscription by Banker Henrique Vieira de Castro, a monument was raised to the dead. It was unveiled 3 December 1917 at the former Cemitério das Angústias, where now the Parque de Santa Catarina is. In 1946 transferred to the present location

The sculpture placed on the monument is the responsibility of the sculptor Francisco Franco. In this there is a large plastic proximity to the work of Rodin, and in particular in comparison with the sculpture "L'Enfant prodigue", the dramatic intensity and capacity of formal synthesis. The sculpture was cast in Funchal, Foundry Street June 5, 1917. .

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