Andrew Jackson (Mills)

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Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson statue closeup.JPG
Artist Clark Mills
Year 1852
Type Bronze
Dimensions 2.4 m × 3.7 m (8 ft × 12 ft)
Location Washington, D.C., United States
Coordinates 38°53′58″N 77°02′12″W / 38.899523°N 77.036553°W / 38.899523; -77.036553
Owner National Park Service

Andrew Jackson refers to an equestrian statue by Clark Mills in Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

Jackson Monument and White House in the 1890s

It was commissioned in May 1847, cast in 1852, and dedicated on January 8, 1853, by Stephen A. Douglas.[4]

It was the first equestrian statue made in America. Jackson's horse at the Battle of New Orleans was named Duke; but Mills modeled the horse from his own horse named Olympus.[5] Mills trained his horse to pose on its haunches. He completed a plaster model, and started a foundry to produce the casting. He produced six castings until the final one was completed, with ten pieces.[6]

The statue was recently restored, and spurs added. The front of the base bears the inscription:
OUR FEDERAL UNION
IT MUST BE PRESERVED [7]

Two other castings of the work were done, one was Dedicated May 1880 on the Tennessee State Capitol grounds,[8] the other in the Vieux Carre in New Orleans, Louisiana.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-03. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  2. ^ "JACKSON, Andrew: Memorial (ca. 1850) in Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C. by Clark Mills located in James M. Goode's Pennsylvania Avenue area". www.dcmemorials.com. 
  3. ^ "Explore the Northern Trail - President's Park (White House) (U.S. National Park Service)". www.nps.gov. 
  4. ^ Douglas, Stephen Arnold (15 January 2018). "Oration of the Hon. Stephen A. Douglas, on the inauguration of the Jackson statue, at the city of Washington, January 8, 1853". Washington, Printed by L. Towers – via Internet Archive. 
  5. ^ Kelly, John (3 August 2010). "John Kelly - Naming Andrew Jackson's horse in Lafayette Square" – via www.washingtonpost.com. 
  6. ^ James M. Goode, Outdoor Sculpture of Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution Press, 1974, ISBN 0-87474-138-6, p. 377
  7. ^ "Andrew Jackson, (sculpture)". Save Outdoor Sculpture, District of Columbia survey, 1993. SIRIS
  8. ^ Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Projects Administration for the State of Tennessee, University of Tennessee Press, 1986 p. 190
  9. ^ Cocke, Edward J., Monumental New Orleans, photographs by Robert Brown, La Fayette Publishers, Newe Orleans, 1968 p. 5

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