Statues - Hither & Thither

United States of America
Boston
Massachusetts

Commonwealth Avenue

Leif Eriksson

Statue

Ann Whitney
1887

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Description

Bronze statue of Leif Eriksson as "a man of physical beauty and vigor, in the costume of the ancient Scandinavian warrior," on a large marble pedestal, with on the sides two bronze relief. The statue was made in 1886, unveiled on 29 October 1887 and rededicated in 1989.

Inscription(s)


= LEIFR HIN HIBNI
EIRIKS SUNR
On the pedestal, back:
LEIF
THE DISCOVERER
SON OF ERIK
WHO SAILED FROM ICELAND
AND LANDED ON THIS CONTINENT
A.D. 1000
At the left foot, the statue is signed:
ANNE WHITNEY SC.
BOSTON - 1885.
At the right foot: (the name of the foundry) On a bronze plaque (rededication 1989):
GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS BY
NORSEMEN MEMORIAL COMMITTEE,
S/N LODGES MORGENSOLEN #545
AND NORUMBEGA #506,
AND IN MEMORY OF
RICHARD ANDREW ASKILDSEN
HAVE PROVIDED FOR THE RESTORATION
AND PERMANENT MAINTENANCE OF
THE LEIF ERIKSON MEMORIAL
CITY OF BOSTON
1989
RAYMOND L. FLYNN,
MAYOR

Reliefs:

 

Annotation

Eben Norton, Horsford, the discoverer of baking powder and amateur archeologist, was convinced that the Vikings had sailed up the Charles to found Vinland - the lost Viking colony on the North American mainland. He even claimed to have found evidence of Viking buildings in Cambridge and Watertown. So he commissioned in 1887 a statue created by artist Ann Whitney, to commemorate the landing spot and a tower in Waltham, with a large tablet including a summary of his theory.

More info on Horsford and his ideas:

Gloria Polizzotti Greis, Vikings on the Charles or, The Strange Saga of Dighton Rock, Norumbega, and Rumford Double-Acting Baking Powder (on-line here)

Old Postcard(s)

 
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Sculptor

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Location (N 42°20'56" - W 71°5'28")

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