Friday, August 29, 2008

Prototype + 400 + Buddy

Model of a statue honoring General George C. Meade

Yesterday's entry featured the Smithsonian American Art Museum and mentioned that its collections include renderings, prototypes, and models by various American artists. One of those prototypes is this model of a statue honoring U.S. Civil War general George C. Meade of Pennsylvania. The statue was commissioned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a gift to the city of Washington. It was designed by Philadelphian sculptor Charles Grafly. The prototype for the statue can be seen at the SAAM and the actual statue itself can be found in the plaza of the U.S. District Courthouse on Constitution Avenue across from the National Gallery of Art's East Building.

Actual statue of General George C. Meade by sculptor Charles Grafly

If you're wondering what that 400 is in the title, today is my 400th post! That just boggles my mind. Once again, my thanks to everyone who visits this humble blog. My goal was and remains to bring you America's capital city in picture and word. I hope you're enjoying the journey as much as I am!

My younger brother, refusing to have his picture taken!

And finally, Buddy is my brother Phillip, who is celebrating a birthday today. He doesn't like having his picture taken, so this is all I've got! (Actually, that's not true. Keep scrolling down.) Phillip is one of the finest people I know; he has a wry wit and a keen sense of playfulness. He's a sensitive soul who believes in honesty and integrity in all that he does and lives it out in his life. He's a good man.

Somehow I managed to snap this picture. Handsome guy, right?

Happy birthday, Buddy!

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential


Wayne said...

#400. Holy shmoly! I'm almost through my first month. Most of my hair has fallen out and the rest has gone grey.

Wait, that happened before I started the blog.

It's lots of fun. I hope I can make it to 400 posts.

I too do not like my photo tooken.

BTW D.C. I saw Pink Martini in Vancouver about a month ago.

D.C. Confidential said...

Wayne: Yeah, I was pretty stunned, too! If I can make it to 1,000, then I might call it quits!

Pink Martini ROCKS!! Welcome to the PM Club.

Virginia said...

Wayne, I've only been at it for 3 months and I'm grey and have gained a TON of weight. Never mind, that all started long ago just like you!HA

DC Congrats on your accomplishment. Your blog is great and I always learn so much here. And tell the Birthday Boy all your goofy blog friends send him their best!!

Maya said...

Congrats! I hope I make it that far...

And, Buddy looks very nice. Happy Birthday Buddy!

D.C. Confidential said...

VJ: Thanks! I figure I'll keep doing this while it's still fun and I'm able to learn things. Once those two criteria fail, I'm done!

Maya: I think it's a miracle I've made it this far! As for Buddy, he nice. He's a keeper.

Bernie said...

Happy 400!! Keep snapping... I visit almost daily.

D.C. Confidential said...

Thanks, Bernie! I'll keep trying. There's certainly no shortage of stuff to photograph!