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The Falconer Statue

Central Park

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, May 19, 2010
1. The Falconer Statue Marker
Inscription.
The Falconer Statue
Central Park
This elegant bronze statue by British Sculptor George Blackall Simonds (1843-1929) depicts a young falconer in Elizabethan garb holding aloft a falcon poised for release.

The Falconer is representative of the rich sculptural collection Central Park inherited in the 19th century. The original Falconer was created for Trieste, Italy, and shown in 1875 at the Royal Academy in London, England. It appears that George Kemp (1826-1893), a wealthy, Irish-born, New York merchant admired the sculpture so much that he commissioned a full-scale replica for Central Park. It was dedicated on May 31, 1875 on a cylindrical granite pedestal, perched on a natural rock outcropping, south of the 72nd Street transverse road, and east of the park's West Drive.

Born in Reading, England, to a prosperous family of brewers, Simonds attended Saint Andrew's College (later Bradfield College). Demonstrating early promise as a sculptor, he studied art in Dresden, Germany and Brussels, Belgium. Then for 12 years he resided in Rome, Italy. Simonds himself was an avid falconer, and in an official portrait made of him as chairman of the family brewery, Sir Oswald Brimley depicted him with a falcon.

Simond's other work includes a monumental lion sculpture he created in 1886 for
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By Michael Herrick, May 19, 2010
2. The Falconer Statue and Marker
the Forbury Gardens in Reading, England, which commemorates British veterans of the Afgan War of 1880. His depiction of Queen Victoria, created for her golden jubilee of 1887, stands outside Reading Town Hall. Another casting of The Falconer that stands in Lynch Park in Beverly, Massachusetts, is a gift reportedly of Robert Evans, a native of Beverly, who had admired the sculpture while convalescing at a New York hospital near Central Park.

The Falconer has had a checkered history, having suffered extensive damage from weathering and vandals. Indanger of toppling, then monument was shored up by the Parks Department in 1937. A new falcon was fashioned and attached in 1957, but further vandalism forced the City to move the sculpture to storage for safekeeping. In 1982, the entire arm and falcon were replaced , and the statue was reinstalled. The Falconer was conserved and repatined in 1995 by the Central Park Conservancy, as part of its mission to restore and preserve the park for present and future generations.

City of New York Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor
Parks & Recreation Adrian Benepe, Commissioner
March 2004
www.nyc.gov/parks
 
Erected 2004 by City of New York Parks & Recreation.
 
Location. 40° 46.47′ N, 73° 
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By Michael Herrick, May 19, 2010
3. The Falconer Statue
58.471′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of 72nd Street Transverse Road and Central Park Driveway, on the left when traveling west on 72nd Street Transverse Road. Touch for map. Located in Central Park, south of the 72nd Street Transverse Road, and east of the park's West Drive. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10023, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City Employees War Memorial (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sir Walter Scott (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bethesda Fountain and Terrace (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edwin Franko Goldman (approx. 0.2 miles away); 307th Infantry AEF (approx. mile away); Knights of Pythias Memorial (approx. mile away); William John Liebig (approx. 0.3 miles away); Eleanor Roosevelt (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  The Falconer. (Submitted on May 23, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
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By Michael Herrick, May 19, 2010
4. The Falconer Statue Pedestal
Inscribed on the Pedestal
The Falconer
Presented by George Kemp. MDCCCLXXII
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 23, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 770 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 23, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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