Image of design for the head of the figure on the pedestal of the Formia war memorial by Dora Ohlfsen
22 Aug 1869 - 07 Feb 1948
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.
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
Shown in 1 exhibition
Dora Ohlfsen and the facade commission, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Oct 2019–08 Mar 2020