Thomas Fitzsimons (1946)

by Giuseppe Donato (1881 - 1965)

Photo Caption: Photo Caitlin Martin for the Association for Public Art
  • Title

    Thomas Fitzsimons

  • Artist

    Giuseppe Donato (1881 - 1965)

  • Year


  • Location

    Sister Cities Park, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

  • 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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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.

Voices heard in the Museum Without Walls: AUDIO 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 was the Founding Principal Conservator of Materials Conservation, a preservation firm that was based in Philadelphia. He worked on the conservation of the sculpture of Don Diego de Gardoqui. | Segment Producer: Alex Gallafent

Museum Without Walls: AUDIO is the Association for Public Art’s award-winning audio program for Philadelphia’s outdoor sculpture. Available for free by phone, mobile app, or online, the program features more than 150 voices from all walks of life – artists, educators, civic leaders, historians, and those with personal connections to the artworks.

This artwork is part of the Along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway tour

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