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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


Artist

Dora Ohlfsen

Australia

22 Aug 1869 - 07 Feb 1948


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.


Details


Date

circa 1924


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

copy print of a gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

24.5 x 19.5 cm image


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

National Art Archive. Gift of Dora Stanford 1995


Location

Not on display


Accession number

ARC366.1.20


Artist information

Dora Ohlfsen

Artist profile

Works in the collection

33


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history