Stanford White

Stanford White Superb Architectural Content Letter

Typed Letter Signed “Stanford White,” 1p, 7.5” x 9.75”. On McKim, Mead & White letterhead, New York, September 20, 1898. To sculptor F.W. MacMonnies. Greeting “My Beloved Mac” and 26 word closing are in White’s hand. Double-matted and framed with a portrait of White to an overall size of 20” x 16”. In apparent fine condition. 

In full, “I have just received your letter of September 7th, stating that you had telegraphed me to know if the Arch pedestal was ready for putting up the Quadriga, but that you had not heard from me. I answered you at once, but I am sure that if you will look over my telegrams and correspondence, you will find that I let you know this long ago, namely, that the Arch had been ready for the statuary since the beginning of July. “The bronzes have been received, and I finally got permission to store them under the Arch, in order that a large bill for storage should not be rendered against you. They have fenced this off with an ugly wooden fence, and the Commissioners, as I cabled you, are getting very much annoyed as there is no sign of the work progressing.Before closing, White continues in his own handwriting, in part,…all well with me – I hope all is well with you. Love to the 2 year old – Affecy Stanford White.” In a typed postscript, White adds “P.S. Thank you ever so much for your cable about the Velasquez. I took a sort of blind leap into the dark in regard to it, and am delighted that you like it.” 

The Quadriga can still be seen, surmounting the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch, in the center of Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, across from an entrance to Prospect Park, less than a mile south of the Barclays Center. The arch, commemorating Union forces that died in the Civil War, was designed by John H. Duncan, architect of Grant’s Tomb. Built between 1889 and 1892, the arch provided excellent armature for sculpture. 

Planned by architect Stanford White, scultptor Frederick MacMonnies was commissioned by McKim, Mead & White to create three bronze groups, the most spectacular of which would be MacMonnies’ huge quadriga on top. The Quadriga, a two-wheeled chariot drawn by four horses harnessed abreast, has a central female figure carrying a banner and sword, accompanied by two winged figures of Victory. The inner faces of the pier are decorated with equestrian figures of Lincoln and Grant in high relief by Thomas Eakins and William O’Donovan, respectively. The quadriga was set in place atop the Arch in November 1898.

Item: 59392

Price: $2,500.00
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