The Resource Capitol Square data : Washington Equestrian Statue, [Proposed design]

Capitol Square data : Washington Equestrian Statue, [Proposed design]

Capitol Square data : Washington Equestrian Statue, [Proposed design], 1849
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Washington Equestrian Statue, [Proposed design]
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  • This accession is part of a group of designs that were submitted in a competition for the design of the Washington Monument in Capitol Square. This otherwise unidentified and damaged drawing features an equestrian statue of Washington below a column topped by a figure of Liberty holding a torch. There is a fragment of another elevation of the design on the right side of the sheet
  • This is part of an artificial collection of records, Capitol Square data, assembled from several sources, including governor's office letters received, General Assembly records, and the office of the auditor of public accounts
Agency history record (0008-25560) describes the history and functions of the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts (1776-1928) (search for Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts (1776-1928) as author)
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On 16 February 1816 the General Assembly passed a resolution authorizing the governor to inquire of Bushrod Washington whether he and his family would permit the remains of George and Martha Washington to be removed from the vault at Mount Vernon and placed in a monument to be built in Richmond by public subscription. Although the Washington family refused to grant permission to transfer the remains, popular support for a proposed Washington monument in Richmond resulted in the collection of a large sum of money. On 22 February 1828 the General Assembly authorized the governor to invest the money in state stock as the Washington Monument Fund. Several plans for the monument were considered before that of Thomas Crawford, of Philadelphia, was accepted. His equestrian monument to George Washington was unveiled in Capitol Square on 22 February 1858.
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entry no. 668
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Auditor of Public Accounts inventory
Capitol Square data : Washington Equestrian Statue, [Proposed design]
  • Located in the LVA General Architectural Files Collection, Folder 117a
  • CD # 142
  • The Library of Virginia
82 x 78 cm.
1 sheet
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Donor information unavailable.
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Pencil and ink wash on heavy paper
Representative fraction of scale
Scale : 1/4 in. equals 1 ft.

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