General Ulysses S.
Grant Memorial

Henry M. Shrady took 20 years to sculpt this piece, but died 2 weeks before it was dedicated in 1922.  It is made up of three separate groups: Grant sitting on his horse, three artillerymen in a caisson and seven charging cavalrymen.  Shrady used live models (both people and horses) when sculpting the artwork, including himself!  He was very concerned about the realism of his piece and to make the sculpture of Grant, he studied a plaster mask of Grant's face in the Smithsonian and learned details of Grant's personal characteristics from his father, who had attended the general in his final illness.

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