Memorial Hall Paintings and Sculptures

Sculptures

Photo of bust of W. E. B. DuBoisThere are twenty marble busts, three relief carvings and two full length statues in Annenberg Hall. Thirteen of the current busts were among eighteen busts that were transferred from Gore Hall Library to Memorial Hall in 1874. The works include two busts by Daniel Chester French (who sculpted the John Harvard statue now in Harvard Yard as well as the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.), five sculptures by William Wetmore Story (including a portrait of his father and a self portrait), and busts of six consecutive Harvard Presidents.

The most recent addition is a bust of W.E.B. DuBois, co-founder of the NAACP and the first African-American student to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard. The bust was commissioned by The President and Fellows and the Department of Afro-American studies in 1993.

The two large sculptures depicting John Adams and John Winthrop as well as the statue of James Otis in Sanders Theatre were all brought from pastoral Mt. Auburn Cemetery in 1935 as a gift from the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery.

The current arrangement of sculptures reflects the original arrangement as closely as possible.

ANNENBERG HALL

Annenberg Hall South Wall

(circular order beginning from Southeast corner of the room)

South Wall

Click to see larger view of William Wetmore Story
William Wetmore Story
American, 1819-1895
William Wetmore Story, Self-Portrait, 1887
Marble
A.B. 1838; LL.B. 1840; sculptor
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of Mr. Waldo Story, 1901

 

Click to see larger view of James Russell Lowell
William Wetmore Story, attributed to
American, 1819-1895
James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)
Marble
A.B. 1838; A.M.; LL.B. 1840; LL.D. 1884; Professor 1855-1891; Overseer 1887-1891
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of Mrs. Edward Burnett, daughter of James Russell Lowell, 1892

 

Click to see larger view of Christopher Gore
Louisa Lander
American, 1826-1923
Christopher Gore (1758-1827) , 1859
Marble
A.B. 1776; LL.D.1809; benefactor of the University; Overseer,1810-1815
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift by subscription, 1859

 

Click to see larger view of John Parker, Jr.
Hiram Powers
American, 1805-1873
John Parker, Jr. (1783-1844)
Marble
Benefactor of the College; founder of the Parker fellowships
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Bequest of Mrs. Anna Parker, 1873
 

Click to see larger view of George Hayward

Richard Saltonstall Greenough
American, 1819-1904
George Hayward (1791-1863), 1860
Marble
A.B. 1809; A.M.; Professor of Surgery, 1835-1849
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of Mrs. Hayward, 1865

 

 
Click to see larger view of W.E.B. DuBois
Walker Hancock
American, born 1901
W.E.B. DuBois (1868-1963), 1993
Marble
A.B. 1890; A.M. 1891; Ph.D. 1895; first African-American student to receive a Ph.D.
at Harvard; historian and sociologist; co-founder of the NAACP
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Department of
Afro-American Studies, 1993

 

Click to see larger view of Charles Sumner
Edward Augustus Brackett
American, 1818-1908
Charles Sumner (1811-1874)
Marble
A.B. 1830; LL.B. 1834; LL.D. 1859; statesman; U.S. Senator, 1851-1874
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift by subscription, 1858

 

Click to see larger view of Samuel Appleton
Horatio Greenough
American, 1805-1852
Samuel Appleton (1766-1853)
Marble
A.M. (Hon.)1849 Dartmouth ; merchant, philanthropist, and benefactor of Harvard;
gave funds for Appleton Chapel
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of Edward Bangs, 1870

 

Click to see larger view of Benjamin Bussey
Shobal Vail Clevenger
American, 1812-1843
Benjamin Bussey (1757-1842), 1830
Marble
Founder of the Bussey Institution; benefactor of the Law and Divinity Schools
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of the Trustees of the Bussey Estate, 1845

 

West wall

Click to see larger view of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr.
Daniel Chester French
American, 1850-1931
Charles Russell Lowell, Jr. (1835-1864), 1885
Marble
A.B. 1854; Colonel, 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry; Brigadier General, U.S. Volunteers;
died at Cedar Creek, 1864
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of "his fellow officers of the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry and other admirers of his brilliant leadership, his heroic gallantry, and his
self-sacrificing patriotism."

 

Click to see larger view of Francis Washburn
Horatio Stone
American, 1808-1875
Francis Washburn (d. 1865), 1869
Marble oval medallion
Lawrence Scientific School, 1857-1859; Colonel, 4th Massachusetts Cavalry; Brigadier General, U.S. Volunteers;
died from wounds received at High Bridge, Va., 1865
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Purchased by the Corporation, 1916

 

Click to see larger view of John Gorham Palfrey
 
 
William Wetmore Story
American, 1819-1895
John Gorham Palfrey (1796-1881), 1892
Marble bas-relief
A.B. 1815; Div. S. 1818; S.T.D. 1834; LL.D. 1869; Dean of the Divinity School;
Overseer 1828-1831, 1852-1855; Second Chairman of the Memorial Hall Committee
of Fifty; historian and statesman
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of the family of John G. Palfrey, 1891

 

Click to see larger view of John Codman Ropes
Bela L. Pratt
American, 1867-1917
John Codman Ropes (1836-1899), 1902
Marble bas relief
A.B. 1857; LL.B. 1861; LL.D. 1897; Overseer 1868-1876; military historian
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of his classmates, Class of 1857, 1902

 

 

 

Click to see larger view of William Francis Bartlett
Daniel Chester French
American, 1850-1931
William Francis Bartlett (1840-1876)
Marble
A.B. 1862; A.M. 1872; Captain, 20th Massachusetts Infantry; Major General, U.S.
Volunteers; wounded at Yorktown and Port Hudson; captured before Petersburg
Harvard University Portrait Collection

 

North Wall

Click to see larger view of John Pierce
Thomas A. Carew
American, active c.1843- c.1870
John Pierce (1773-1849), 1850
Marble
A.B. 1793; A.M.; S.T.D. 1822; Overseer and Secretary 1816-1849
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift by subscription, 1850

 

Click to see larger view of Joseph Story
William Wetmore Story
American, 1819-1895
Marble
Joseph Story (1779-1845), 1846
A.B. 1798; A.M.; LL.D. 1821; Overseer 1818-1825; Fellow 1825-1845;
Dane Professor of Law 1829-1845
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Ordered by the Corporation, 1848

 

Click to see larger view of John Thornton Kirkland
Thomas A. Carew
American, active c. 1843- c. 1870
John Thornton Kirkland (1770-1840)
Marble
A.B. 1789; President of Harvard,1810-1828
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift by subscription, 1853

 

 

Click to see larger view of Josiah Quincy
Thomas Crawford
American, c.1813 -1857
Josiah Quincy (1772-1864), 1844
Marble
A.B. 1790; A.M.; LL.D. 1824; President of Harvard 1829-1845;
author of The History of Harvard University
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of students, 1845

 

Click to see larger view of Hiram Powers
Shobal Vail Clevenger
American, 1812-1843
Hiram Powers
American, 1805-1873
Edward Everett (1794-1865), 1844
Marble
A.B. 1811; A.M.; LL.D. 1835; President of Harvard, 1846-1849;
Governor of Massachusetts; U.S. Senator; Secretary of State
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Bequest of Thomas Handasyd Perkins

 

Click to see larger view of Jared Sparks
Hiram Powers
American, 1805-1873
Jared Sparks (1789-1866), 1857
Marble
A.B. 1815; Div. S. 1818; LL.D. 1843; President of Harvard 1849-1853
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of students under the Presidency of Jared Sparks, 1857

 

Click to see larger view of James Walker
Henry Dexter
American, 1806-1876
James Walker (1794-1874)
Marble
A.B. 1814; A.M.; Div. S. 1817; S.T.D. 1835; LL.D. 1860;
President of Harvard 1853-1860
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift by subscription, 1854

 

Click to see larger view of Cornelius Conway Felton
Henry Dexter
American, 1806-1876
Cornelius Conway Felton (1807-1862)
Marble
A.B. 1827; A.M.; President of Harvard, 1860-1862
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift by subscription, 1853

 

Click to see larger view of Henry Lee
Bela Pratt
American, 1867-1917
Henry Lee (1817-1898), 1902
Marble
A.B. 1836; Overseer 1867-1879; Chairman of the Memorial Hall Finance Committee
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift of Mrs. Frederick C. Shattuck

 

East End

Click to see larger view of John Adams
Randolph Rogers
American, 1825-1892
John Adams (1735-1826), 1859
Marble
A.B. 1755; A.M.; LL.D. 1781; President of the United States, 1796-1800
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Presented to Harvard University by the Corporation of Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 1935

 

 

Click to see larger view of John Winthrop
Richard Saltonstall Greenough
American, 1819-1904
John Winthrop (1588-1649), 1856
Marble
First Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony; benefactor of the College
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Presented to Harvard University by the Corporation of Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 1935

 

SANDERS THEATRE

 

Click to see larger view of James Otis(left facing stage)
Thomas Crawford
American, c. 1813-1857
James Otis (1725-1783), 1856
Marble
A.B.1743; Massachusetts Colonial lawyer and political leader
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Presented to Harvard University by the Corporation of Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 1935

 

 

 
 
Click to see larger view of Josiah Quincy(right)
William Wetmore Story
American, 1819-1895
Josiah Quincy (1772-1864), 1860
A.B. 1790; A.M.; LL.D. 1824; President of Harvard 1829-1845;
author of The History of Harvard University;
Harvard University Portrait Collection
Gift by subscription, 1878

 

 

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