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Liberty and the Eagle Sculpture

Overview 

In the niche above the entablature on the south wall of National Statuary Hall stands the heroic-sized figure of Liberty.

Enrico Causici
Artist

Plaster, 13'7"
1817-1819
National Statuary Hall
U.S. Capitol

Liberty and the Eagle Sculpture is located between in National Statuary Hall (old Hall of the House) 1817 and 1819, this group originally stood above the Speaker's desk when the House of Representatives met in this space.

Placed there between 1817-1819 when the U.S. Capitol was rebuilt after the fire of 1814, she originally looked down on the House of Representatives which met in the hall during that time.

  

An American eagle stands to Liberty's right, and the scroll in her right hand is the Constitution of the United States. To her left, a serpent, the symbol of wisdom, is entwined around a section of a column.

Last Updated: February 08, 2016