A Niche for Moses Ezekiel

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Article details the external architecture of the Renwick Gallery's upper story. Architect James Renwick, Jr.'s design included a Palladian window over the main entrance, with eleven statuary niches spaced on the two sides of the building fronting Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street. Statues of the world's greatest painters and sculptors were carved for the niches by Moses Ezekiel, a Virginian working in Rome. The statues were installed in 1884, but were sold off the building in 1901. The author tracks subsequent locations of the statues and provides biographical information on Ezekiel.


  • Ezekiel, Moses Jacob 1844-1917
  • Corcoran, W. W (William Wilson) 1798-1888
  • Renwick, James 1818-1895
  • Renwick Gallery
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art


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Article includes one photograph, ca. 1900, of the Corcoran School of Arts (today the Renwick Gallery).

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Smithsonian Preservation Quarterly (Newsletter)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


Spring 1993


  • Sculpture
  • Architecture
  • Statues
  • Biography

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