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“Unveiling The Statue of Liberty” by Edward Moran


“Unveiling The Statue of Liberty” by Edward Moran

“Unveiling The Statue of Liberty” by Edward Moran depicts October 28, 1886, when thousands of spectators gathered for the dedication of The Statue of Liberty. Moran captures the moment when the assembled warships fired a 21-gun salute to welcome the President for the dedication ceremony. Ships flying French and American flags fill the harbour as smoke from the gun salute rolls across the scene.

The Statue of Liberty is a colossal sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The copper statue, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States, was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel. The statue was made in France, shipped in crates, and assembled on the completed pedestal on the island. The statue’s completion was celebrated by New York’s first ticker-tape parade, and a dedication ceremony presided over by President Grover Cleveland.

The Statue of Liberty is a figure of a robed woman representing Libertas, a Roman goddess. She holds a torch above her head with her right hand, and in her left-hand carries a tablet inscribed in Roman numerals with the date July 4, 1776, the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue became an icon of freedom and the United States and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving in New York.

Edward Moran was an American artist of maritime paintings and most famous for his historical paintings of United States marine history.

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Exploring The Statue of Liberty

  • How many American’s know that this statue was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States?
  • The idea for the Statue of Liberty was first proposed by the president of the French Anti-Slavery Society and an influential political thinker of his time. What inspired him about America?
  • Why are hundreds of replicas of the Statue of Liberty are displayed worldwide?
  • As a symbol of Liberty, of optimism, why has it also become a symbol of science fiction’s pessimistic view of the future?

Unveiling The Statue of Liberty

  • Title:                  Unveiling The Statue of Liberty
  • Artist:                Edward Moran
  • Year:                  1886
  • Material:           Oil on canvas
  • Museum:           Museum of the City of New York

Edward Moran

  • Name:                Edward Moran
  • Born:                  1829 – Bolton, Lancashire
  • Died:                   1901 (aged 71) – New York City
  • Nationality:       American
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“Make your mark in New York, and you are a made man.”
– Mark Twain


Photo Credit: Edward Moran [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons