Paul Revere riding from the Old North Church in Boston’s North End, into Autumn.
Although the statue is one of the most recognized landmarks in Boston, it is hard to imagine that it has quite an uneasy history, taking 16 years to create and 40 years to install in its present place. The sculptor Cyrus Edwin Dallin began working on it in 1883, more than 20 years after the name of Revere was immortalized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his poem in 1860. Dallin was not a Boston native but was at the time a teacher at the Masschusetts State Normal Art School when he received the contract. The final version was the 5th or 8th (by different accounts) created by the sculptor when the commission finalized the design in 1899. May be this was due to the fact that the sculptor was only 22 when he was awarded the contract. But it was not until September 22, 1940 when the statue was opened to public. Dallin died four years later in 1944.
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