Form Plaque: 1867


This photo is of the Form plaque carving for 1867 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:

This panel shows “Old Number 3” with the carpenters shingling the roof.  This year was excessively dry and water had to be brought to the School.  Lower left shows a farmer carrying buckets of water.  The old Smithy was torn down.   The lower right shows a blacksmith at work.  This year a certain M. Lalanne came to the School and taught French, which marks the beginning of that department, hence the fleur de lis in the corners.

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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