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Pegasus and Warrior (Courage)

Artist
Walker Kirtland Hancock, American, 1901–1998
Date
1937
Material
Plaster with paint wash
Made in
Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Sculpture
Current Location
On View, Gallery 300W
Dimensions
29 x 23 x 13 in. (73.7 x 58.4 x 33 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Deane Hancock French
Rights
© Estate of Walker Kirtland Hancock
Object Number
26:2012
NOTES
This warrior and ancient Greek mythological horse Pegasus represent courage. Pegasus was the loyal, winged battle companion to gods and heroes. In this sculpture, the warrior’s sure control of Pegasus’ head contrasts with the horse’s opened wings, ready to take flight rather than remain earthbound. The sculpture is a plaster cast, a scale working model, for one of four monumental sculptures created to flank the entrances to the Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis. Though not completed until 1936, the memorial was proposed in 1919 to honor those soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. The four entrance sculptures—courage, vision, loyalty, and sacrifice—all done by Hancock, represent qualities found in soldiers and their families.
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