John Ericsson, by Jonathan Scott Hartley

This essay is adapted from Chapter 2 of Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide. I’ve kept cross-references to other chapters in the book, all of which will eventually be updated and…

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Honoring Frederick Douglass (d. February 20, 1895)

In 2011, two life-size bronze sculptures of Frederick Douglass were dedicated in New York: one at the north end of Central Park, one at the New-York Historical Society. Douglass at…

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George Washington, by John Quincy Adams Ward (Wall Street)

This essay is adapted from Chapter 6 of Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide. I’ve kept cross-references to other chapters in the book, all of which will eventually be updated and…

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Romeo and Juliet by Milton Hebald, Central Park

Sculptor: Milton Hebald Date: 1977 Medium & size: Bronze, over lifesize, granite pedestal. Location: Central Park, near the entrance to the Delacorte Theater, Central Park West at about 81st Street…

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Creating a Video for Patreon

The problem with not being a talking head Patreon says you'll attract more subscribers if you have a video on you home page. (See here.) Creating a video is relatively…

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Maine Monument, by Attilio Piccirilli

This essay is adapted from Chapter 16 of Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide. I’ve kept cross-references to other chapters in the book, all of which will eventually be updated and…

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Abraham Lincoln, by Henry Kirke Brown

This essay is adapted from Chapter 16 of Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide. I’ve kept cross-references to other chapters in the book, all of which will eventually be updated and…

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Buying and Selling Art (Business of Art, 1)

Almost 20 years ago, I wrote a couple dozen essays on the history of painting for BeyondBooks.com, a subscription service that provided online supplementary materials for high-school students. The site’s…

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Snow Babies, Central Park

Snow Babies Date: 1938 Sculptor: Victor Frisch Medium & size: Cast stone, each figure 2 feet 9 inches high Location: Central Park, entrance to Rumsy Playfield (formerly a playground, now…

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