Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi – Monumental Sculptor

Day 150 of Colourisation Project – October 4

Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.

On this day, 4 October, 1904 Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, the French sculptor who designed and executed New York City’s ‘Liberty Enlightening the World’, better known as  the Statue of Liberty, died of tuberculosis at the age of 70.

Frederic Auguste Bartholdi Bef & Aft

Photographer: F Mulnier – Frederic Auguste Bartholdi c 1880 – Coloured by Loredana Crupi

The colossal torch-wielding figure rising 305 feet (and one inch) out of New York Harbor as a welcoming beacon to the world, was fully constructed in Paris and presented by the Franco American Union to the United States Ambassador in 1884. It was the tallest structure in New York City until 1929 when the Empire State building took the honours.

For the four month journey to America, the statue was disassembled into 350 pieces and packed in 214 crates. In 1886, Bartholdi oversaw the Statue’s assembly in New York and participated in its inauguration by climbing the Statue to release the tricolor French flag that veiled Liberty’s face. For his ‘monumental’ efforts, Bartholdi was presented with the key to the city.

Bartholdi’s statue remains one of the most recognizable symbols on earth.  When seen at firsthand, it never fails to steal your breath away.

It was rumored in France that the body of the Statue of Liberty was modelled on Bartholdi’s mistress while the face of  Liberty was modelled on his mother’s. Et pourquoi serait-il pas?


“It is a consolation to know that this statue will exist thousands of years from now, long after our names shall have been forgotten,”   –  Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi

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