Equestrian Statue of King George III, Bowling Green, New York City
Watercolor, graphite, and gouache on heavy board
Overall: 19 7/8 x 14 1/8 in. ( 50.5 x 35.9 cm ) mat: 28 x 22 in. ( 71.1 x 55.9 cm )
signature: lower left: "Chas. M. Lefferts/ 1912"
Signed and inscribed at lower left in brown watercolor: "Chas. M. Lefferts / 1912"
This is a modern reconstruction by the artist from contemporary data of the gilded lead statue of King George III, which was executed by Joseph Wilton (1722-1803) for the New York Assembly and erected in Bowling Green, New York City, on August 16, 1770. The statue was pulled down by the Americans on July 9, 1776, after the Declaration of Independence had been read to the Continental Army at New York. Lead fragments of the statue are owned by The New-York Historical Society.
Gift of the Estate of Charles MacKubin Lefferts
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.