Form Plaque: 1860


This photo is of the Form plaque carving for 1860 on display in the Coit Upper Dining Hall that was completed by woodcarver John Gregory Wiggins sometime between November of 1922 and May of 1923.

The following description of the design was written by Wiggins in the June 7, 1923 edition of the Horae Scholasticae:

In the right- and left-hand corners of the shield are the sixteen-petalled chrysanthemums, the royal Japanese crest.  During this period the first embassy from that country came to the U. S.  The upper section of the medallion commemorates the founding of the Missionary Society: with the Cross in the center, an Indian tepee on one side, and a pagoda on the other.  The lower half shows an old-fashioned printing press, representing the birth of the Horae Scholasticae.

Click the thumbnail on the left to see the original concept drawing created by Wiggins as part of the design process for this carving.

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"Form Plaque: 1860." St. Paul's School. Ohrstrom Library Digital Archives. Web. 13 July 2024.