Chief Justice John Marshall (1931)

by William Wetmore Story (1819 - 1895)

Photo Caption: Photo Alec Rogers © 2016 for the Association for Public Art
  • Title

    Chief Justice John Marshall

  • Artist

    William Wetmore Story (1819 - 1895)

  • Year

    1931

  • Location

    West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

  • Medium

    Bronze, on granite base

  • Dimensions

    Height 6'8" (base 5'6")

  • Themes

    Presidents and Leaders, Political Public Art

Gift of James M. Beck, former President of the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) and former member of the U.S. Congress

Owned by the City of Philadelphia

At A Glance

  • A seated figure of John Marshall, the great Chief Justice of the United States

  • The artist was the son of Joseph Story, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

  • The original cast, unveiled on May 10, 1884, is located at the United States Supreme Court building in D.C. (previously located at the United States Capitol)

The original seated figure of John Marshall, the great Chief Justice of the United States, was done late in the career of William Wetmore Story, the cultivated and elegant expatriate American sculptor who was himself the son of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Joseph Story. Unveiled on May 10, 1884, this statue, one of Story’s most distinguished works, ornamented the grounds of the United States Capitol, before being relocated to where it now stands, at the United States Supreme Court.

In the early 1920s, James M. Beck, Vice-President of the Fairmount Park Art Association and a member of the United States Congress, commissioned a plaster replica from which a bronze cast could be made. Louis Milione, a well-known Philadelphia sculptor, was employed to evaluate the quality of the plaster cast and to oversee the casting of the bronze by the Baltimore founders Limerick Company. The granite base was given by the Association and the work was placed on its present site in 1931.

Adapted from Sculpture of a City: Philadelphia’s Treasures in Bronze and Stone by the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) (Walker Publishing Co., New York, 1974).

Chief Justice John Marshall
Photo Alec Rogers © 2016 for the Association for Public Art

 

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