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Steuben Monument, Lafayette Square
 

 

 

   
FREDERICK THE GREAT

Photo: Washingtoniana Division, D.C. Public Library

Joseph Uphues (1850–1911), a once famous German sculptor, created the original marble statue of Frederick the Great (1740-1786) in 1899. It was originally part of the monumental statuary on the Siegesallee in Berlin's Tiergarten. A copy of the statue can be seen today in Potsdam in the Sanssouci Palaces's Lustgarten.

Kaiser Wilhelm II gave a bronze replica of the statue to President Theodore Roosevelt as a personal gift in 1904. It was unveiled November 19, 1904 at the Army War College in Washington D.C. (now known as Fort Lesley J. McNair, 4th and P Streets, SW, Terrace). As the Smithsonian American Art Museum reports: "During World War I, the sculpture was removed from public view (April 15, 1918) in response to congressional and public comments, as well as threats to destroy it. The sculpture was returned to its base on November 29, 1927, but was removed again during World War II. It remained in storage until March 1954 when it was relocated to the old parade grounds at Carlisle Barracks. The sculpture was restored in 1981 by Eleftherios Karkadoulias."
[From the Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture]

A nearby bronze plaque reads:

FREDERICK THE GREAT

THIS BRONZE STATUE OF FREDERICK THE
GREAT, PRUSSIAN EMPEROR OF 18TH CENTURY,
WAS PRESENTED TO THE UNITED STATES BY
KAISER WILHELM II OF GERMANY AS A GESTURE
OF GOOD-WILL. THE STATUE WAS FIRST UNVEILED
19 NOVEMBER 1904, BY PRESIDENT THEODORE
ROOSEVELT AT THE ARMY WAR COLLEGE, IN
WASHINGTON, D.C. THE STATUE WAS MOVED
TO CARLISLE BARRACKS, ON 31 MARCH 1954.

   

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At the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA (since 1954)

At the U.S. Army War College, Washington, DC (until WW II)