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Washington Square Arch

  • ARTIST: Frederick Mershimer

  • MEDIUM: Mezzotint,

    DATE: 1986.

  • EDITION SIZE: Edition 90. Image size 11 5/8 x 17 11/16" (29.5 x 44.8 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Signed and dated in pencil. This is the second Washington Square Arch dedicated in 1895 and modeled by Sanford White after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The arch sits in Washington Square Park which is at the southern end of Fifth Avenue. The first arch, a wood and plaster temporary arch, was erected over Fifth Avenue just north of Washington Square Park by William Rhinelander Stewart. He raised the funds to erect the monument celebrating George Washington’s inauguration. The temporary arch was so popular with the public that a permanent arch was started in 1892. The two statues of Washington were added in 1918. <br><br>

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Inscribed "2/90."

  • CONDITION: Very good condition.