Form Plaque: 1861


This photo is of the Form plaque carving for 1861 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:

The outbreak of the Civil War is suggested by Fort Sumter and an old-time cannon, the sort which was raised and lowered by using wooden wedges under the breech.  The lower half of the panel shows the schoolboys drilling, and in the corners are a tragic and a comic mask to indicate the charades which were very popular as school entertainments at the time.

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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