Form Plaque: 1863


This photo is of the Form plaque carving for 1863 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 lower part of the medallion shows Federal soldiers firing on the Rebels, suggestive of Pickett’s Charge, the turning point of the battle which was the turning point of the war.  The upper right shows Bombastes Furioso, holding up his boots.  This farce was acted with great effect.  A boy standing on his hands in the upper left is to mark the beginning of the gymnasium work.

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: 1863." St. Paul's School. Ohrstrom Library Digital Archives. Web. 25 Apr. 2018.

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