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Tadeusz Kasociuszko

Artist:

Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson

Location:

Boylston St. Mall  

Location

Boylston St. Mall
United States
42° 21' 9.1656" N, 71° 4' 8.724" W

Neighborhood:

Back Bay

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1927

Medium:

Bronze and Granite

Collection:

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

Born in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1746, Tadeusz Kocuiszko became an American military hero during the Revolutionary War. He immigrated to the colonies in 1775, joined the Continental Army shortly thereafter, and rose to the rank of colonel and then head engineer. In this final position, he oversaw the fortification of such strategic areas as the city of Philadelphia, the Delaware River,and West Point, the site of the future military academy. Kocuiszko was also recognized as a military hero in his homeland, where he fought against invading Russian troops in 1792.

Boston-area Polish organizations commissioned this bronze statue by local sculptor Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson to memorialize the 150th anniversary of Kosciuszko’s enlistment in the Continental Army. Kitson depicts Kocuiszko in uniform, holding a tricorner hat in one hand and a volume of papers fromWest Point in the other. Over the course of her career, Kitson designed more than fifty public monuments. She was also the first female artist to receive an Honorable Mention award at the Paris Salon, a prestigious annual exhibition.

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