Oliver Perry Monument
|Oliver Perry Monument|
Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry
|For Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry|
|Unveiled||September 10, 1885|
near Newport, RI
|Designed by||William Greene Turner|
Oliver Perry Monument is a bronze statue, by William Greene Turner, dedicated to Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. It is located in Eisenhower Park in Newport, RI, between Washington Square and Touro street. The statue faces west towards Newport Harbor.
The inscription reads:
(On bronze plinth:)
W. G. Turner sc 1884 Gli Galli fusero
(In raised letters, encircled by carved wreath:)
(Back of base:)
SEPT. 13TH 1813.
signed Founder's mark appears.
Full-length standing portrait of Oliver H. Perry, seen in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812, just as he mounted the deck of the Niagara, after the dismantling of his own ship, the Lawrence, and after he rowed across the lake in enemy fire. His proper right arm is extended in a gesture of command; the flag from Lawrence is draped around his proper left arm. At the foot of the monument is a block and coil of rope.
- "Oliver Hazard Perry Memorial Statue, (sculpture)". Save Outdoor Sculpture, Rhode Island survey. 1993. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
- Olshan, Matthew (20 August 2009). "A tale of two statues: A reader's story about Newport's Perry monuments prompts an investigation by a Pennsylvania writer". The Newport Daily News. Newport, RI. pp. A9.
- Capace, Nancy (May 1, 2001). The Encyclopedia of Rhode Island. St. Clair Shores, Michigan: Somerset Publishers, Inc. p. 160; 368. ISBN 9780403096107. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
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