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  • Sir Henry Vane, MacMonnies (1)

Sir Henry Vane

Artist:

Frederick William MacMonnies

Location:

 

Neighborhood:

Back Bay

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

Funders:

Dr. Charles Goddard Weld

Description:

Sir Henry Vane (1613-1662), an English courtier, finding himself at odds with religious opinion at home, came to Massachusetts in 1635 where he hoped to find a friendlier reception for his allegiance to freedom of conscience and religious toleration. At first he was well received in the colony and was elected governor in May 1636. His advocacy of religious toleration, however, put him at odds with the prevailing stricter views, and he lost the election of May 1667. Returning to England, Vane was elected to Parliament, and became a leader in its wars against King Charles I, and a government official under the Commonwealth. At the restoration of the monarchy, Vane was tried for treason, convicted, and beheaded. The bronze portrait statue of Vane is by the sculptor, Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937). It was given to the library by Dr. Charles Goddard Weld.

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