MARTINY, Philippe or Philip

Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin 1858 - New York City, New York, United States 1927




Tuckahoe marble


Photo credit: ph Clémentine Delplancq, été 2013

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  • on the arch of Washington Square
  • en.Wikipedia, accessed October 15, 2013:
  • In 1889, to celebrate the centennial of George Washington's inauguration as president of the United States, a large plaster and wood Memorial Arch was erected over Fifth Avenue just north of the park. The temporary plaster and wood arch was so popular that in 1892 a permanent Tuckahoe marble arch, designed by the New York architect Stanford White, was erected, standing 77 feet (23 m). During the excavations for the eastern leg of the arch, human remains, a coffin and a gravestone dated 1803 were uncovered 10 feet (3 m) below ground level.
  • The inscription on the arch reads:
  • Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God. ? Washington
  • White modeled the arch after the 1806 Arc de Triomphe in Paris. In 1918 two statues of George Washington were added to the north side.


  • 1997 Reynolds
    Donald Reynolds, Monuments and Masterpieces, Histories and Views of Public Sculpture in New York City, New York, Thames and Hudson, 1997, p. 362

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  • 1997 Reynolds, p. 362:
    ... so popular that Tiffany and Gorham Manufacturing Co. were given permission to replicate it for their exhibition at the Columbian Exposition in 1893 [in Chicago].