Monday, June 17, 2013

Statue of Liberty by Currier and Ives

 Statue of Liberty Postcard

 America's embodiment of Freedom, The Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty Island in the center of New York Harbor, accessible by ferry boat from Manhattan in New York City. This vintage print of the Statue of Liberty was created by Currier & Ives, as a speculative depiction that was published in 1885, the year before the statue was actually erected in New York, so placement and exactness was just a guess. Thus, this early depiction of the Statue of Liberty is actually incorrect, as this drawing shows the statue facing south; while the real Statue of Liberty faces east.

The Statue of Liberty was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, dedicated in New York on October 28, 1886 as a gift from France to the United States. The female figure represents Libertas, who was the Roman goddess of freedom. She carries a torch and a law tablet, which has the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 inscribed upon it.

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