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United States of America
Cambridge
Massachusetts

Memorial Hall of Harvard University  

Columbus window

Henry George Holiday
1880

Cambridge /  Columbus window

Description

One of the stained glass windows in Annenberg Hall of the Memorial Hall of Harvard University shows Christopher Columbus and the British admiral Robert Blake (1599-1657). The left half shows Columbus with his hand rested on a globe upheld by a tripodal stand. The right shows Admiral Robert Blake holding the handle of a sword that reaches up across his body and out past his left shoulder.
The design is by Henry George Holiday, the execution by Powel & Sons.

Inscription(s)

At the top:
COLVMBVS

At the bottom:
BORN
1449
DIED
1506

and the lower border of the Columbus part:
MEMORIÆ CAROLI HENRICI DAVIS PRÆF. NAV. VIRI
BELLI ET PACIS ARTIBUS PRÆSTANTIS NATVS EST
A.D. ...

Annotation

Gift of the Davis Family in memory of Rear Admiral Charles Henry Davis (1807-1877). Understanding that Columbus and Blake have been celebrated for their different explorations, this window appears to be a tribute to the Rear Admiral's own successes.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 42°22'33" W 71°6'54"

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Item Code: usma02; Added: 15 June 2003  / Photograph: 15 June 2003

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