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Cane inscribed REMEMBER THE MAINE & OUR HEROES DEWEY, SCHLEY & HOBSON

after 1898 Unidentified carved and painted wood 34 5/8 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (88.0 x 3.7 x 3.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.4 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28A


Luce Center Label

An unknown artist created this cane to memorialize the American battleship Maine, which was blown up in Havana Harbor, Cuba, in 1898. This incident inspired the slogan “Remember the Maine,” and started the Spanish-American War (Lynda Hartigan, Made with Passion, 1990). The names on the cane are those of Admiral George Dewey (1837-1917), Rear Admiral Winfield Scott Schley (1839-1911), and Lieutenant Richmond Pearson Hobson (1870-1937), all of whom served in the war.

Keywords

Figure male - bust

History - United States - Maine

sculpture

folk art

wood