Picture and description of the Statue of Liberty from the Bartholdi Souvenir book



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The statue is constructed of copper sheets 3.16 of an inch thick. The forefinger measures eight feet in length by ten in breadth. The head is fourteen feet high. The eye is twenty-eight inches in width. The nose three feet nine inches long. The total weight of the stupendous figure is 440,000 pounds, of which 176,000 pounds are copper, the remainder being wrought iron.

This Colossus of modern art stands, in its imposing majesty, higher than the enormous towers of the great Brooklyn Bridge, or the steeple of Trinity Church - the loftiest church steeple in the city of New York. The total cost of statue, pedestal and foundation being nearly one million dollars.

Curator Notes

Exact Title: 
Bartholdi souvenir, Liberty enlightening the world : A tribute of respect and esteem from the French people to the people of the United States.
Bartholdi, Frédéric Auguste, 1834-1904.
Farrand & Alexander, designers and engravers, 160 Fulton Street, New York. Farrand & Everdell, printers and publishers, 107 John Street, New York. Horace Wind
Place of Publication: 
New York, NY
American Antiquarian Society
Catalog Code: 
Misc. Pams. Bart