STEREOVIEW & MEDALS FROM DEDICATION OF GENERAL MEADE MONUMENT IN PHILADELPHIA - 1887

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This stereoview features an image of the monument to Major General George Gordon Meade at West Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA. It was sculpted in 1887 by the artist Alexander Milne Calder (1846 – 1923). Image is mounted on yellow stock. Right and left edges are labeled, “EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN VIEWS”. Image is very clear. Some light surface dirt and smudges are present. Lower right corner shows crease mark where it has been bent.

Two brass medals each show an image of Meade on Baldy on the face, while the reverse states, “UNVELING OF STATUE / MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE G. MEADE / OCTOBER 18, 1887”. Medals both measure approx. 1”.

General Meade commanded the Union Army of the Potomac during the Civil War, and is best known for defeating General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Meade also served as military governor for the Georgia district during Reconstruction, and a commissioner of Fairmount Park. He is responsible for designing many of Fairmount Park’s drives, walks, and bridle paths. Following Meade’s death, the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) initiated a campaign to finance an appropriate memorial. Calder based his rendering of Meade on his own memory, photographs, and the recollections of family members and friends. In 1887, over thirty thousand people watched Meade’s grandsons unveil the Meade statue, which was Calder’s first large-scale bronze and the first major commission project of the Association. General Meade and his horse Baldy continue to gaze out across the park landscape in the direction of Laurel Hill Cemetery where Meade was buried.  [sm]

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