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June 20, 2011


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Steve Clowney

Well, if it's a statue of a white general, it's probably Richmond.


I feel like I've seen that, but that might be just because so many equine monuments look the same. That's one reason why I like this statue of Alexander III in Saint Petersburg- it's strikingly unusual.

There's no pretending his horse is going to rear, for one thing.

warren emerson

I'll guess Henry Clay was one of the orators. Not sure of the statute.

Alfred Brophy

Been away from the net for most of the day -- sorry about this.

Steve's right on the location -- it's Richmond.

And I'm guessing that Matt -- and everyone else -- has seen it before.

But I don't think Henry Clay is one of the subsidiary figures -- I think they're all earlier than Clay (though Clay had passed away before the statue was placed). And I think they're all people we associate more with Virginia than Clay (it's true, of course, that he was born in Virginia, but by the time this statue was placed he was more associated in the popular mind with Kentucky).

Steve Clowney

This gets a little easier knowing it's Richmond. Is it the George Washington Equestrian Monument?

Artistically, this looks like a real mess. In particular, that horse looks more like a shaky My Little Pony than a fearless war stallion.

Alfred Brophy

Yes, Steve! It's the Washington Equestrian monument.

John Thompson, who was editor of the Southern Literary Messenger, delivered a poem at its dedication in 1858, and RMT Hunter gave an oration at the same time. If you're interested in either of them, they're on

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