Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Spirit of Giving

An allegorical winged female figure atop a granite base installed in an elliptical-shaped pebble and granite fountain. The female figure holds a basket with her proper right arm outstretched and casts bread upon the waters. Two bronze cornucopias flank the central figure. The statue, designed by Daniel Chester French, commemorates George Robert White (1847-1922), Boston resident who made a fortune in the wholesale drug and chemistry business and became one of the City's foremost philanthropists.

Location: Boston Public Garden at the corner of Arlington and Beacon Streets.

11 comments:

Montreal Photo Daily said...

It's very elegant. I like it.
Are those apartments buildings in the background ?

Hello from Montreal.
Have a nice day!

Birdman said...

What charming haunts behind these windows on Beacon, I bet.

brattcat said...

Beautiful shot in an elegant setting.

Luis Gomez said...

That is so beautiful!

GW Bill Miller said...

Boston has lots of history and lots of nice statuary.

Malyss said...

Allegorical statues are so interesting!Hidden meaning,lost symbols..They tell so much things!And they are so beautyful and charming!

joo said...

I love the buildings behind the statue - must be nice to live there:)

cieldequimper said...

That's a very pretty reminder.

Which reminds me that I have to bake corn muffins.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

His philanthropy and perpetual giving through his foundation will serve Boston for generations to come. How great that he "gave back" to his city. This is a beautiful memorial to him... thanks for the story behind it.

Bises,
Genie

Jack said...

Thanks for the story, Clueless. I have posted about a Hartford statue of Winged Victory by a student of Daniel Chester French. In Boston, I remember the White Fund being a big player in a vast range of philanthropic activities, but I didn't know who White was. Now I do.

Paul said...

A fitting memorial to a man who gave to benefit others.