Thursday, September 18, 2008

New York Public Library Lions Patience and Fortitude

New York Public Library Lions Patience

Patience

New York Public Library Lions Fortitude

Fortitude
New York Public Library Lions Patience and Fortitude. The marble lions were designed by sculptor Edward Clark Potter and carved from Tennessee Pink marble by the Piccirilli Brothers in 1911.

Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia named the Library mascots Patience and Fortitude for the attributes he thought every New Yorker should possess.
Sculptor Edward Clark Potter obtained the commission for the lions on the recommendation of August Saint-Gaudens, one of America's foremost sculptors. Potter was paid $8,000 for the modelling, and Piccirilli Brothers executed the carving for $5,000, using pink Tennessee marble.

Patience guards the south side of the Library's steps and Fortitude sits to the north before the Beaux-Arts building of The New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan.

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2 comments:

T W said...

would you be willing to send a high-res image of the photo of Patience, the NYPL lion?

sookietex said...

Hi, yes if we can find one we'll post. How much larger image would you need? Thanks for stopping by.

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