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In Peace Sons Bury Their Fathers

1937 Chester Beach Born: San Francisco, California 1881 Died: Brewster, New York 1956 Medallic Art Company (Founder) Society of Medallic Arts (Commissioner) bronze 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the heirs of Albert Laessle: Mrs. Albertine de Bempt Laessle, Mr. Albert M. Laessle and Mr. Paul Laessle 1972.167.23 Not currently on view


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This medal employs a quotation from the fifth-century Greek historian Herodotus to express the threat of another world war that loomed throughout the 1930s. An inscription on the obverse states, "In peace sons bury their fathers," while the reverse reads, "In war the fathers bury their sons." Chester Beach received the National Sculpture Society's Lindsey Morris Memorial Prize in 1938 for a plaque based on this medal.

Keywords

Figure group - male - nude

Figure male - elderly

State of being - death

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

relief

About Chester Beach

Born: San Francisco, California 1881 Died: Brewster, New York 1956

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