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Statue of David Farragut
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The monument in 2006
Year 1881 (1881)
Type Sculpture
  • Bronze
  • granite
Subject David Farragut
Dimensions 251 cm (96 in)
Location New York City, New York, United States
Coordinates 40°44′33″N 73°59′16″W / 40.74260°N 73.98770°W / 40.74260; -73.98770

Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, also known as the Admiral Farragut Monument, is an outdoor bronze statue of David Farragut by Augustus Saint-Gaudens on a stone sculptural exedra designed by the architect Stanford White, installed in Manhattan's Madison Square, in the U.S. state of New York.

Description and history

The statue, cast in 1880 and dedicated on May 25, 1881, is set on a Coopersburg, Pennsylvania black granite pedestal. The work depicts Farragut, the noted United States Navy admiral of the Civil War, standing in naval uniform with binoculars and sword; the statue rests upon a plinth and then a pedestal, surrounded by a semicircular, winged exedra, which features a bas-relief figure of a seated female on either side.

The Farragut statue was Saint-Gaudens's first major work and as a result certain rumors and allegations arose. Sculptor Truman Bartlett found the work "better than anyone who knew him expected" and so began a "campaign to slur and slang him," suggesting that the statue had in fact been made by sculptors in Paris. The statue was cast in Paris by Adolphe Gruet.

The inscription on the base was composed by Stanford White’s father, Richard Grant White. John Dryfhout wrote of the inscriptions and the base that the "intermingling of natural forms of sinuous linearity with ideal reliefs and symbols, is notable as the first expression of a form of American art nouveau." The original bluestone base, likely carved by Saint-Gaudens or his brother Louis, weathered badly and was replaced by the current granite base as a Works Project Administration project during the 1930s. The earlier base was moved to Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park in Cornish, New Hampshire.


A bronze bust that is a study for the sculpture is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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