7th Regiment Memorial: A Statue by John Quincy Adams Ward
Don’t you just love this statue? So dignified, so noble, so REAL.
I love all the statues made by John Quincy Adams Ward (he also made the Indian Hunter and the Pilgrim statues, both of which sit near the Mall, as well as the life-like cougar that overlooks the East River Drive at 78th Street).
A wave of realism swept American sculpture in the mid 1800s and produced many evocative masterpieces, but this one seems so ‘present’ that I gave him a name, Henry Clayborn, in my books, and included him as an actual character in Central Park Story Book One.