Letter from LARKIN GOLDSMITH MEAD to GEORGE PERKINS MARSH, dated January 1858.
Hon. Geo. P. Marsh
Your letter was received this morning and I have made a sketch, trying to introduce proper symbols of Agriculture. Also the scroll (or Laws). I suppose it would be worth twenty dollars to make the small model. Of course it would not require any great amount of finish the subject does not admit of it.
Hoping to hear from you when convenient I remain your Ob Ser
Larkin G. Mead, Jr.
Hon. Geo. P. Marsh.
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"Agriculture" was the title of the statue designed by Larkin Goldsmith Mead placed on the dome of the new State House building. The statue was executed in wood and had to be replaced in 1938 because the original had deteriorated.
Larkin Goldsmith Mead Jr.(1835-1910) was a sculptor from Brattleboro, Vermont. although he spent most of his life in Florence. He created the statue of Agriculture that crowns the Vermont State House in 1857, and the statue of Ethan Allen in the same building in 1861. He was also responsible for the statue of Allen in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol and for an elaborate memorial to Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.