Tragedy of Winter Quarters
Avard Fairbanks (American, 1897–1987)
Object Place: Ann Arbor, Michigan
54.6 x 29.2 x 28.3 cm (21 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 11 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Bronze, light brown patina, lost wax cast
Not On View
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.
"Avard Fairbanks / 1934" on base.
Collection of Jonathan and Louisa Fairbanks by 1978; to the MFA, 1978.
Gift of Jonathan and Louisa Fairbanks
Reproduced with permission.