Sir William Blackstone statue

 Sir William Blackstone statue, Washington DC, public art

Public Art : Sir William Blackstone statue

Sculptor: © Paul Wayland Bartlett

Description: 9ft , 2,000lb bronze statue of English legal scholar William Blackstone (10th July, 1723 – 14th February, 1780) . Blackstone is shown in judicial robes, with a ceremonial wig, holding his Commentaries.

Date Unveiled: The Blackstone statue was cast in 1926 to be erected in London but was eventually unveiled on August 11th, 1943.

Cost : $50,000

Commissioned by: The statue was funded by members of the American Bar Association (ABA) and was intended as a gift to the people of London.

Location: The statue of Sir William Blackstone is located outside the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse, at 333 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C., USA.

Background To Sir William Blackstone statue: In the 1920s the statue was commissioned by members of the American Bar Association (ABA) as a gift to the people of London.

In 1928 the statue was to be erected in the Middle Temple outside the London chambers where Blackstone lived and worked but it was moved to the Great Hall of Courts. This was a good move, in hindsight, as the Middle Temple was bombed by Luftwaffe in 1941. It was later decided that the statue should be given to the United States. In response the United States provided $10,000 to cover costs.

The statue was initial erected in Judiciary Square in  Northwest Washington, D.C., before being moved to its current location in front of the States Courthouse in 1952.

A smaller version of the statue by the sculptor was given to the English Bar Association in London as a gift from the American Bar Association.

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