Thomas Fitzsimons (1946)

by Giuseppe Donato (1881 - 1965)

Photo Caption: Photo Caitlin Martin for the Association for Public Art
Sister Cities Park, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
1946

  • Title

    Thomas Fitzsimons

  • Artist

    Giuseppe Donato (1881 - 1965)

  • Year

    1946

  • Medium

    Bronze, on granite base

  • Dimensions

    Height 8’4″, width 2'6", depth 2' (base height 6’7″, width 4'2", depth 4'2")

  • Themes

    The American Revolution, Presidents and Leaders

Commissioned by the Society of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick

Owned by the City of Philadelphia


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  • Fitzsimons was a signer of the U.S. Constitution and served three terms in Congress

  • He founded a major trading company that provided supplies and funds to American forces during the Revolutionary War

An Irish immigrant, Thomas Fitzsimons founded a major trading company that provided supplies and funds to American forces during the Revolutionary War. A signer of the U.S. Constitution, he served three terms in Congress. The Society of the Friends of St. Patrick erected this bronze memorial. The statue stands near Don Diego de Gardoqui in Sister Cities Park.

Thomas Fitzsimons by artist Giuseppe Donato
Photo Caitlin Martin © 2013 for the Association for Public Art

 

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Voices heard in the program:

Florinda Doelp is the granddaughter of Giuseppe Donato, who created the sculpture of Thomas Fitzsimons. She lives in Philadelphia in a home filled with work by her grandfather.

Daniel Rolph is an historian for The Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Senior Lecturer in history at Montgomery County Community College. He has studied the life of Don Diego de Gardoqui.

John Carr is Principal Conservator with Materials Conservation Collaborative in Philadelphia. He worked on the conservation of the sculpture of Don Diego de Gardoqui.

Segment Producer: Alex Gallafent

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