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Image of design for the head of the figure on the pedestal of the Formia war memorial by Dora Ohlfsen

circa 1924


Dora Ohlfsen


22 Aug 1869 – 07 Feb 1948

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    circa 1924
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    copy print of a gelatin silver photograph
    24.5 x 19.5 cm image
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    National Art Archive. Gift of Dora Stanford 1995
    Not on display
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    Dora Ohlfsen

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  • About

    Through the patronage of her friend, Duke Fulco Tosti di Valminuta, Dora Ohlfsen was entrusted with the design for a war memorial at the naval base of Formia, near Naples. She began work on the memorial in 1923, and received no payment. The memorial was dedicated on 18 July 1926 in the presence of the Admiral of the Italian fleet, the Archbishop of Gaeta and a number of war veterans.

    This design shows that Ohlfsen originally intended a male figure for the pedestal of her war memorial, a type of the god Mercury. However, the completed memorial included a female figure on the pedestal.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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