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Distinguished Service Medal of Cleveland

1921 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 Medallic Art Company (Founder) bronze 3 in. (7.7 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1965.16.62 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A, Drawer 4


Luce Center Label

The obverse of Paul Manship's medal depicts a freighter delivering raw materials to Cleveland's factories. A towering central figure likely represents Moses Cleaveland, a member of the surveying party that established the city in 1796. By 1920, Cleveland was the fifth largest city in the United States. The words progress and enlightenment refer to the city's leadership in the Progressive Movement, which advocated social change through science, education, and industry. On the reverse, an allegorical figure of abundance symbolizes the agricultural products that flowed through Cleveland and out to the nation by way of canals, railways, and the Great Lakes.

Keywords

Allegory - other - progress

Allegory - quality - prudence

Figure group

Object - other - cornucopia

Portrait male - Cleveland, Moses

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

cast

relief

About Paul Manship

Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966

About Medallic Art Company

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