Tragedy of Winter Quarters

1934
Avard Fairbanks (American, 1897–1987)


Object Place: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Dimensions

54.6 x 29.2 x 28.3 cm (21 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 11 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1978.676

Medium or Technique

Bronze, light brown patina, lost wax cast

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Sculpture

The subject is the suffering of Mormon pioneers encamped in Florence, Nebraska in the winter of 1846. The group depicts a man and a woman huddled under a cloak, looking down into a freshly-dug grave where their child has just been buried. This is a smaller-scale version of a larger monument erected at Florence, Nebraska in 1936 at the site of the Mormon encampment.

Signed

"Avard Fairbanks / 1934" on base.

Provenance

Collection of Jonathan and Louisa Fairbanks by 1978; to the MFA, 1978.

Credit Line

Gift of Jonathan and Louisa Fairbanks

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.