The nine-foot tall bronze soldier who has peered down on Portage and Main, in Winnipeg, for nearly a century is known as "First World War Soldier" or the Bank of Montréal memorial. It was commissioned by the bank to commemorate their employees who died in action in World War I. In all 1,409 men served, 230 never returned. In Winnipeg the number was 53 served, 9 killed.
Bust of Teddy Roosevelt as a Roughrider, 1910
Bronze, brown patina
9 1/2 H. x 10 1/2 W. x 8 D. inches
Mounted to marble base
Augustus Saint-Gaudens recommended to President Roosevelt that his former assistant James Earl Fraser sculpt the President’s portrait. After numerous sittings, expecting a more formal portrayal, when the President finally viewed the sculpture, he proclaimed “By George, that is good!”.
Study of Theodore Roosevelt Monument
American Museum of Natural History
Circa 1939. Cast, estate of the artist
Bronze, 12 1/4 H. x 6 W. x 12 1/4 D. inches
This statue was made to honor Theodore Roosevelt for donating his vast collection of natural history material to the museum. The portrait presents Roosevelt as a man of the outdoors, a naturalist and hunter, rather than a statesman or politician. The rapport that existed between the nature loving leader and the artist can be felt in the vitality of Fraser’s portraits of Roosevelt.