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Grant Memorial, The Mall, Washington D.C., USA

Sitting on the Capitol’s reflecting pool, at the east end of the Mall, is this huge sculpture piece by Henry Merwin Shrady honoring General Ulysses S. Grant. The memorial had been proposed by Grant’s old command, the Army of the Tennessee, in 1895, but wasn’t begun until 1912.
Ulysses Grant sits on his war horse, Cincinnatus, atop a 22-foot pedestal of Vermont and Tennessee marble. The pedestal is surrounded by four lions.
On either side Grant is flanked by a intricately detailed sculptures of Union soldiers.

To the south is a Union Artillery group, with three soldiers and three horses pulling a caisson carrying a cannon. If you look around the piece, you can find a plaque bearing the names of the three West Point cadets that modeled for the sculpture. Shrady finished the Artillery group in 1912.

The calvary group, on the north side, depicts seven horsemen of the Calvary Regiment’s color squad making a charge. Shrady finished this portion of the memorial in 1916.

The bronze statue of Grant wasn’t completed until 1920, and the entire sculpture was dedicated on April 27, 1922.

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  • Rainy
    Rainyabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful work Francis!

  • thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

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  • Fran E.
    Fran E.about 5 years ago

    J’entends la cavalerie arriver!
    Magnifique effet sepia.

  • merci infiniment !
    sincerement, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • billfox256
    billfox256about 5 years ago

    Terrific capture!!!!, Bill

  • thank you bill !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...about 5 years ago

    cracking shot francis, great tone,dawnx

  • thank you dawn !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenabout 5 years ago


  • thank you karen !
    my best, francis.

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  • MarianaEwa
    MarianaEwaabout 5 years ago

    Superb work Francis.

  • thank you mariana !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Gene Walls
    Gene Wallsabout 5 years ago

    Very nice silhouette of Grant’s statue against the cloudy sky, Francis! Well done!

  • thank you gene !
    my best, francis

    – artisandelimage

  • joyousmoon
    joyousmoonabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful in sepia!

  • Ken Thomas Photography
    Ken Thomas Pho...about 5 years ago

    Superb capture….you and I have a very similar eye for viewing the what we see. We also both use Olympus gear.

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 3 years ago

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