Phillips Brooks Monument, 1896-1907

Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) was a popular Episcopal bishop. He was a stimulating preacher and author of several theological works. He began his career in the ministry at the Church of the Advent in Philadelphia, where he preached a sermon entitled "Character, Life and Death of Mr. Lincoln," which attracted wide attention at the time. He returned to Boston in 1868, as the minister of Trinity Church.  Saint-Gaudens met Brooks through his friend Henry Hobson Richardson, the architect who designed Trinity Church (1877).

 

The memorial was unfinished when Saint-Gaudens died. The artistís early sketches included a figure in relief; an idealized, winged angelic figure; and finally the Christ, which was inspired by James Jacques Tissotís drawings. Frances Grimes, Elsie Ward, and Henry Hering assisted in the work and its completion. Stanford White drew up the original architectural design, which was by William Kendall, of McKim, Mead and White. The memorial is in the Trinity Church plaza, Boston, Massachusetts.



Monument detail, bronze figure, heroic-size