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Introduction to The Weaver

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The Weaver, front view

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  • The Weaver is a bronze high-relief outdoor public sculpture in Peace Dale, Rhode Island, created in 1919 by Daniel Chester French and mounted in a stone housing designed by architect Henry Bacon. It is French’s only work in Rhode Island and was commissioned by Caroline Hazard as a memorial to her father and her brothers Rowland and Frederick.
  • Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), a prominent American sculptor, created over 200 works, including among others the Lincoln Memorial; the Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts; the DuPont Circle fountain in Washington, D.C.; and the bronze doors of the Boston Public Library.
  • Not all of French’s work was intended for a public audience. He completed at least 10 smaller private commissions in 1919 and 1920 alone, of which The Weaver was one.
  • French’s title for the work was “Life, Time, and the Weaver,” giving equal billing to all 3 figures. In most other written references, including articles in newspapers, magazines, and tourist brochures, it is called “The Weaver”. Ms. Hazard explained at the dedication that her concept had always centered on a weaver. In newspaper reports prior to its unveiling, as well as the dedication booklet, it was referred to as “The Weaver”, and has retained the title.

Jessica Wilson

Introduction to The Weaver