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Introduction
1)
Title
Edwin Booth as Hamlet
2)
Town, State
New York, NY
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ID #
1877
4)
Compilation Date (Initial)
July 14, 2010
5)
Compilation Date (Latest)
July 14, 2010
6)
Site Worked Last
September 11, 2010
Description
The memorial recalls and extends appreciation by its sponsors to Edwin Booth (1833-1893), American actor and member of the noted 19th century theatrical family: father Junius Brutus and brothers Thomas, Junius Brutus, Jr., and – after all these decades, sadly -- John Wilkes. Edwin Booth played any number of roles during his 42-year stage career. Hamlet was likely the part he played most often and with whom he was most closely associated. Actor in the U.S. and abroad, Booth was also a buyer, builder and operator of New York theatres. He created, finally, in 1888, from the fabric of his life and in his home, at 16 Gramercy Park South, The Players, a social club that encouraged, and continues to encourage, performing artists to interact with as well as learn from and share with other players on the humanities stage. • The memorial, a statue of Booth as Shakespeare’s Dane, is rendered in bronze atop a pedestal of stone; dressed in tunic and cape, he stands in front of a medieval chair, seeming to step away from it. The work contains inscriptions on its face and reverse. The creator of the memorial statue was Edmond Thomas Quinn, a recognized sculptor of the time and, ultimately, the winning artist in a competitive selection process; he also happened to be a member of The Players. Gorham Manufacturing Company, Providence, Rhode Island, executed the foundry work while the base for the statue was designed by architect Edwin S. Dodge. • The memorial is situated in Gramercy Park, Lexington Avenue at East 21st Street, New York, New York, across the street from The Players (importantly, see Comments and Notes, below, on park access, which is tightly constrained). Club and park sponsored the sculpture, and according to authors Gayle and Cohen and Lederer the work is in the collection of the park trustees. The memorial was dedicated November 13, 1918.
Content
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1)
Individual|group/family recognition
2)
Outstanding/notable citizen/person
3)
Arts
5)
Caucasian
6)
Not Applicable
Design
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1.)
Man-made
2.)
Inscription/Text Design
Integrated
3)
Statue(s) w/wo pedestal
4)
Stone/rock and metal
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Average (life-size)
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Main + One
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Inscribed/lettered directly
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Text available, all
9)
Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
2900-915.1, 2900-915.2, 2900-915.3, 2900-915.4, 2900-915.5, 2900-915.6
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Design Preservation
Good
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
No
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Artist/Artistic Group: Quinn, Edmond Thomas
12.2)
Designer 2
Artist/Artistic Group: Dodge, Edwin S.
13)
Fabricators/Builders
Known
13.1)
Fabricator/Builder 1
Gorham Manufacturing Company 
13.2)
Fabricator City
Providence 
13.3)
Fabricator State
RI 
13.4)
Fabricator Country
United States 
Setting
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1)
Park/Garden/Lawn/Field
3)
Appearance/Setting
Completed
3.1)
Appeal of the Item
5 Good
3.2)
Setting appears appropriate
5 Good
3.3)
Traffic near for access, distanced for appreciation
4 Satisfactory
3.4)
Visualization and panorama
4 Satisfactory
3.5)
Opportunity to view, to enjoy the item
3 Wanting
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
4.2 Satisfactory (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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4)
1906
5)
November 13, 1918
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Not Entered
7)
Not Entered
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Tightly constrained
10)
Other Monuments on Site
11)
Satisfactory
12)
Business/Commerce/Organization
Themes
1)
MonumentsandMemorials.com Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
2)
National Historic Landmark Themes
C & I: Literature, Drama, and Music
Demography
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1)
File Number
50
2)
Town/City
New York
3)
County
New York
4)
District
Manhattan
5)
State
NY
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Zip
10003
7)
Country
United States
8)
Latitude (GPS)
40.7380030000
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Longitude (GPS)
-73.9859010000
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Intersecting Street 1
Lexington Ave
11)
Intersecting Street 2
E. 21st St
12)
Additional Identifier 1
Gramercy Park
13)
Additional Identifier 2
Gramercy Square
15)
Man-made
16)
Family/friends/colleagues
17)
17.1)
Washington to Lincoln|1789-1865
17.2)
1866-1913
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
July 14, 2010
19)
19.1)
Site Survey
19.2)
Government Materials
19.3)
Newspaper
19.4)
Website
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
Not Entered
21)
Compilation Technique (Latest)
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
NAME: Edwin Thomas Booth (b. November 13, 1833, d. June 7, 1893).
SITE DEVELOPMENT /1: The 1906 start date is cited by both Fried & Gillon and Reynolds, below and in site bibliography.
SITE DEVELOPMENT /2: Dedication -- The Players, Edwin Booth Memorial Committee, Howard Pyle, secretary and treasurer, presented the memorial to John Drew, president.
SITE MAINTENANCE: Business/Commerce/Organization -- Trustees of Gramercy Park; Gramercy Park Block Association, New York, NY
ACCESS: Tightly constrained -- The park is secured. Those with properties facing Gramercy Square have access -- keys. The Gramercy Park Hotel has a limited number, and those staying there may have access on a first-come, first-served basis. The park is one of only two private parks in the City of New York.
SPONSOR(S): Family/friends/colleagues -- The Players; Trustees of Gramercy Park.
SOURCES(1): Bogart, Public Sculpture and the Civic Ideal in New York City, 1890-1930; Fried and Gillon, New York Civic Sculpture, p. 44; Gayle and Cohen, Manhattan's Outdoor Sculpture, p. 100; Lederer, All Around the Town, p. 62; Reynolds, Monuments and Masterpieces, p. 105; Saltus and Tisney, Statues of New York, p. 34; SIRIS
SOURCES(2): The following are from The New York Times, as indicated: Eric Konigsberg, "The Guardian of Gramercy Park's Leafy Seculsion," June 19, 2008; Denny Lee, "Check in/Check Out, New York: Gramercy Park Hotel," October 1, 2006; Seth Kugel, “The Ultimate Neighborhood Park," July 23, 2006; "Booth Statue in Gramercy Park," November 17, 1918; "Booth Statue Unveiled," November 14, 1918.



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