Darlington Memorial Fountain

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Darlington Memorial Fountain
Darlington Memorial Fountain - Judiciary Square.JPG
Statue in 2010
ArtistC. Paul Jennewein
Year1922
TypeGilded Bronze
Dimensions150 cm × 91 cm × 91 cm (5 ft × 3 ft × 3 ft)
LocationWashington, D.C., United States
Coordinates38°53′43″N 77°1′7″W / 38.89528°N 77.01861°W / 38.89528; -77.01861
OwnerDistrict of Columbia

The Darlington Memorial Fountain is a gilded bronze statue by C. Paul Jennewein. It is located at Judiciary Park at 5th Street and D Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C., in the Judiciary Square neighborhood.

Background[edit]

The Darlington Memorial Fountain was named after Joseph J. Darlington. Born in 1849, Darlington came to Washington as a young man to attend law school. He then gained an office on Fifth Street, and was known as the leader of the legal community. Darlington worked on Fifth Street for the remainder of his career.

Shortly after his death, friends and colleagues proposed to have a memorial built in his honor. A committee was formed under Frank J. Hogan to further the cause. After Congress passed a resolution in favor of the memorial, the committee passed its design selection responsibilities to the United States Commission of Fine Arts.

Design[edit]

The design by C. Paul Jennewein was approved by the United States Commission of Fine Arts, in 1921.[1]

It was installed in November 1923. There was some controversy about the nymph, both for its nudity and its lack of reference to Darlington.[2]

Inscription[edit]

The inscription reads:

On top of bronze base
A. Kunst
Bronze Foundry N.Y.
C.P. Jennewein
SC. 1922
On side of bronze base
C.P. Jennewein
SC. 1922
On side of marble base
This monument has been erected by his friends with the
sanction of Congress in memory of Joseph James Darlington
1849–1920
counselor teacher lover of mankind

Awards[edit]

The sculpture was awarded the 1926 Fairmount Park Association Prize from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Another example was acquired by Brookgreen Gardens in 1940, from Charles Louis Borie, friend of the sculptor.[3][4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States. Commission of Fine Arts (1921). Report. U.S. Govt. Print. Off.
  2. ^ John E. Semonche (2007). Censoring sex: a historical journey through American media. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-0-7425-5132-9.
  3. ^ "Brookgreen Gardens -- Ever Changing. Simply Amazing". Archived from the original on 2011-11-19. Retrieved 2011-10-19.
  4. ^ "Darlington Memorial Fountain: Nymph and Fawn, (sculpture)". SIRIS