Thomas Alva Edison Statue, 1949

Summary

In 1930 Henry Ford commissioned this larger-than-life statue of his friend and hero, Thomas Edison. Sculptor James Earle Fraser (1876-1953), renowned for his public statues of prominent individuals, made preparatory sketches from sittings given by Edison just before his death in 1931. Fraser did not complete the statue until 1949 - it has since had several homes at The Henry Ford, and is now prominently located in the heart of the Village.

In 1930 Henry Ford commissioned this larger-than-life statue of his friend and hero, Thomas Edison. Sculptor James Earle Fraser (1876-1953), renowned for his public statues of prominent individuals, made preparatory sketches from sittings given by Edison just before his death in 1931. Fraser did not complete the statue until 1949 - it has since had several homes at The Henry Ford, and is now prominently located in the heart of the Village.

Artifact

Statue

Date Made

1949

Creators

Fraser, James Earle, 1876-1953 

Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 

Place of Creation

United States, Connecticut, Westport 

Creator Notes

Sculpted by James Earle Fraser at his farm "Eleven O' Clock Roads" in Westport, Connecticut; commissioned by Henry Ford.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Edison at Work District

Object ID

49.8.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Bronze (Metal)
Granite

Dimensions

Height: 72 in

Width: 47 in

Length: 44 in

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