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Cyrus Dallin (American, 1861-1944) Paul Revere

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American & European Works of Art - 3010B
Date / Time :
May 19, 2017 12:00PM


Cyrus Dallin (American, 1861-1944)

Paul Revere
Signed and dated "C.E. Dallin '99" in the bronze base near the horse's right front hoof, titled and inscribed "PAUL REVERE" l.l., "COPYRIGHT BY.C.E.DALLIN.Sc" along the proper right side of the bronze base l.l., edition number "10/12" and foundry mark with date "MFA [within two overlapping squares] ©1976" l.r.
Bronze with deep brown patina, height approximately 36 in. (91.5 cm), base 31 1/2 x 11 in. (80.0 x 28.0 cm).
Condition: Minor dust and dirt to patina and to interstices.

N.B. A youthful Cyrus Dallin won the competition for Boston's Paul Revere Monument in 1882 at the age of 21. However, his quest to complete the commission was a 58-year test of perseverance and resolve. Dallin created seven different versions before the sculpture was finally installed in bronze at Old North Church in 1940. The finished statue is a beloved landmark in the Paul Revere Mall, designed by landscape architect Arthur Shurcliff and architect Henry Shepley.

The bronze at hand was one of an edition of twelve produced in celebration of the United States Bicentennial. At that time, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, had just acquired by gift an original Dallin plaster of the 1899 version of the Revere monument. It needed some retouching and was sent to Salt Lake City for restoration to Avard T. Fairbanks who was a sculptor and friend of Cyrus Dallin, and father of MFA curator Jonathan Fairbanks. The plaster original was returned to the Museum, and the MFA then authorized a limited edition to be cast in bronze for sale, with profits benefiting the Museum. The casting of this piece took place in Salt Lake City with quality control of Avard T. Fairbanks. The advertising and sale of bronzes on behalf of the Museum of Fine Arts were handled by Vose Galleries of Boston.
Estimate $20,000-40,000

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