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Detail from Osborne Gates--The Fox and the Crow

1952 Paul Manship Born: St. Paul, Minnesota 1885 Died: New York, New York 1966 bronze 40 1/8 x 41 1/2 x 2 in. (102.0 x 105.5 x 5.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Paul Manship 1966.47.3 Not currently on view


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This bronze gate was one of six commissioned for the William Church Osborne Memorial Playground in Manhattan’s Central Park. Each panel shows a tale from Aesop’s Fables, a collection of ancient Greek stories that teach moral lessons to schoolchildren. In The Fox and the Crow, the fox flatters the bird in order to make her say "thank you" and drop a piece of cheese from her mouth. The fox immediately gobbles up the food and runs away, leaving the crow to "beware of flattery." Manship connected the animals by an unseen diagonal line stretching from the fox’s empty mouth to the crow's cheese. To communicate the story, however, he included a brief summary in the upper right-hand corner.

Keywords

Animal - bird - crow

Animal - fox

Literature - Aesop - Fox and Crow

sculpture

metal - bronze

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About Paul Manship

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

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