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Tragedy of Winter Quarters

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...

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Signed

"Avard Fairbanks / 1934" on base.

Provenance

Collection of Jonathan and Louisa Fairbanks by 1978; to the MFA, 1978.

Credit Line

Gift of Jonathan and Louisa Fairbanks

1934

Object Place

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Accession Number

1978.676

Medium or Technique

Bronze, light brown patina, lost wax cast

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Sculpture