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Christopher Columbus in the Library of Congress

Paul Wayland Bartlett
Henry Bonnard Bronze Co. (New York)

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Bronze statue. Columbus stands gazing into the distance with his left hand grasping a set of maps while his right hand is open in supplication.


Sixteen bronze statues set along the balustrade of the galleries of the main reading room of the Library of Congress (Jefferson building) represent men renowned for their accomplishments in several categories of knowledge and activity. The subjects were chosen by Ainsworth Rand Spofford, Librarian of Congress 1864-1897. The statues are paired, each pair flanking one of the eight giant marble columns. Commerce is represented by Columbus and Fulton.
Cast by Henry Bonnard Bronze Co. in New York.


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Item Code: usdc03; Photograph: 12 October 2000
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