Thompson-Harding Monument

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Thompson-Harding Monument
Thompson-Harding Monument (1898) Control IAS DC000064 b.jpg
Artist Unknown
Year 1898 (1898)
Type Marble & Granite
Dimensions 400 cm× 230 cm× 230 cm(156 in× 90 in× 90 in)
Location Washington, D.C., United States
Coordinates 38°56′50.47″N77°0′39.77″W / 38.9473528°N 77.0110472°W / 38.9473528; -77.0110472
Owner Rock Creek Cemetery

Thompson-Harding Monument is a public artwork by an unknown artist, located at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C., United States. "Thompson-Harding Monument" was originally surveyed as part of the Smithsonian's Save Outdoor Sculpture! survey in 1993. [1]

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Description

This two sided sculpture's focal point is a large granite cross placed upon three granite steps. On the north side of the cross stands a full-size portrait of N. Elbridge Thompson and on the opposite side is a full-size portrait of Lillie May Harding. Thompson wears a suit with a long jacket, vest and bow tie. He has sideburns, a mustache and a beard. Harding wears a long dress with intricate carvings of lace on the borders. She has long hair which lies over her proper right shoulder and in her proper left hand she holds a lily.

The north side of the monument is engraved: THOMPSON The south side of the monument is engraved: HARDING

The west side of the base is engraved:

ERECTED BY ELLEN J. THOMPSON
AND S. ELIZABETH HARDING [1]

Information

This monument was erected by members of both families. Lillie May Harding died in 1897 at the age of twenty-seven. [1]

Condition

This sculpture was surveyed in 1993 for its condition and it was described as needing treatment. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Save Outdoor Sculptures! (1993). "Thompson-Harding Monument(sculpture)". SOS!. Smithsonian. Retrieved 19 December 2010.