Monuments: New York's No More

"Ye have the best job for a statue in the whole town," lamented Miss Liberty to Miss Diana in O. Henry's The Lady Higher Up. There she stood, Di ana, goddess of the hunt, poised with her bow and arrow high above Manhattan's old Madison Square Garden, a slim, exquisitely proportioned nymph shimmering in the sun. And in the years from 1892 to 1925, she brought to rambunctious New York just a little of the glory that was Greece.

Her creator was Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, a Dublin-born descendant of French shoemakers renowned in the...

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