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Bashka Paeff, American sculptor, 1893-1979


Bashka Paeff, American sculptor, 1893-1979

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Bashka Paeff, American sculptor, 1893-1979
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Image by Smithsonian Institution
Description: Bashka Paeff was known as the "Subway sculptor" for the pieces she modeled at the Park Street T station while working her way through art school at the Boston Museum School. She was especially known for realistic animal sculptures, war memorials, fountains and portraits which she created in the classical tradition.

Creator/Photographer: Peter A. Juley & Son

Medium: Black and white photographic print

Dimensions: 8 in x 10 in

Culture: American

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Repository: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Photograph Archives

Collection: Peter A. Juley & Son Collection – The Peter A. Juley & Son Collection is comprised of 127,000 black-and-white photographic negatives documenting the works of more than 11,000 American artists. Throughout its long history, from 1896 to 1975, the Juley firm served as the largest and most respected fine arts photography firm in New York. The Juley Collection, acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 1975, constitutes a unique visual record of American art sometimes providing the only photographic documentation of altered, damaged, or lost works. Included in the collection are over 4,700 photographic portraits of artists.

Accession number: J0040128

Boston: Boston Marathon Finish Line
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Image by wallyg
The finish line for the Boston Marathon is on Boylston Street in front of the Boston Public Library, midway between Exeter and Dartmouth Streets. Runners get their first glimpse of the finish after make a turn from Hereford Street onto Boylston. From there, the final three-and-a-half blocks, past Gloucester, Fairfield and Exeter streets, is filled with thousands of screaming supporters.

The Boston Marathon has been hosted annually on Patriots’ Day, the third Monday of April, since 1897. Inspired by the success of the first modern-day marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics, the Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest marathon and one of five World Marathon Majors. The course runs through 26.22 miles (42.195 km) of winding roads, following Route 135, Route 16, Route 30 and city streets into the center of Boston. The event, run by the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), attracts an average of about 20,000 registered participants every year.

Copley Square, a Victorian Square bounded by Boylston Street, Clarendon Street, St. James Street and Darmouth Street, was created following the 1858 filling of most of the Back Bay Fens. Named after John Singleton Copley, it is the only square in the country named after an artist. The founding buildings of MIT were located int he notheast corner of the square until the institution moved to a new campus in Cambridge in 1916. Huntington Avenue diagonally bisected the square until it was terminated at the corner of Dartmouth and St. James as part of a 1966 site plan, designed by Sasaki, Dawson & DeMay. The park was redesigned in 1989, and rededicated in 1991. Today, Copley Square has come to informally represent a larger area extending approximately two blocks east and west along Boylston, Huntington and St. James.

Boston Freedom Trail: Paul Revere’s Male Horse
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Image by Vicky TGAW
From my journal:

"The park also sported a statue of Paul Revere. For that, I was struck how the artist made the horse anatomically correct. Paul Revere’s horse, at least according to the artist, was male."

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