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Patrick Andrew Collins

Artist:

Henry Kitson and Theodore Alice Kitson

Location:

Commonwealth Ave. Mall, between Clarendon St. and Dartmouth St.  

Location

Commonwealth Ave. Mall, between Clarendon St. and Dartmouth St.
United States
42° 21' 8.064" N, 71° 4' 36.768" W

Neighborhood:

Back Bay

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1908

Medium:

Bronze and Granite

Collection:

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

This bust commemorates the second Irish-born mayor of Boston, who died unexpectedly while in office. Collins immigrated to the US at the age of four and lived most of his life in Boston. His love for both his native land and his adopted country is shown through the two allegorical figures flanking the granite base. One wears a crown of laurel leaves and holds a shield, representing Liberty; the other wears a crown of shamrocks and holds a harp, symbolizing Erin, or Ireland. The inscription below reminds us of Collins’ achievements following a modest upbringing: “upholsterer from 15 to 23,” he went on to receive a law degree from Harvard and pursue a political career.

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