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Barnum To Be Remembered

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IhomasBall has eompletedat liis studio. In Florence, ltaly, the model of a large statue of P. T. Barnum, the exlsténce of which has not before been made public. When at the close of the last year of the great Barnum and London combinatlon the net profits were found to liave amounted to upward of half a niilllon dollars, the partners, Hutchlneon and Bailey, deelded to invite Mr. Barnum to sit for his statue and to present htm with the same as a mark of thcir esteem and respect. Mr. Barnum accepted this great compliment, but with the proviso that the statue should not bc erected until the original had passedaway. The new partners iñ the business, Messrs. W. W. Co!e and J. S. ('ooper, afterward joined In the gift, and Thomas Ball, who had prevlously modeled a bust of Mr. Barnum for Tuft's college, Massaehusetts, was selected to do the work. Mr. Ball is widely known as the sculptor of the group representing Lincoln freeing a slave, erected at Washington for the Freedman's memorial society, and a copy of which lias been placed in Boston common. The Barnum statue will be cast in bronze at the royal foundry, at Munich, during the coming autumn, after which it will bc boxed up until it shall be calied for by Mr. Barnum 's executors. It represents the famous showman as sittlng easily in his chair, his countenauce wearing that calm, serene expression so familiar to all the patrons of the "greatest show on eartli. " The face is considere;! an excel leut likeness. The statue is of heroic size and the figure, if standing, would be 10 feet high. It has rerjuired between three and four tons of elay in the modeling. It will be placed in the park at Bridgeport, Conn.


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