The Sir Walter Scott Monument sits across from the Robert Burns Statue that sit in the Literacy Mall of Central Park. The monument was dedicated in 1872 by the sculptor John Steell, who also did the Burns Statue. Sir Walter Scott was known for his contribution to Scotland history and for his novels as well. He was also able to translate many books for society at that time. Scott sits with his dog on the monument while holding a book and pen.
For Sir Walter Scott’s 100th birthday, immigrants
living in New York but from Scotland came together and decided to place a
monument of Sir Walter Scott in Central Park. John Steell was asked to sculpt
the monument and would later sculpt the Robert Burns Statue that sits across from
the Scott Monument. When Steell sculpted the Scott Monument, he sculpted it to
where Scott is sitting on a rock, he is wearing a loose clock and shoes for the
workingman. He is also holding a book and pen. Scott’s dog, Maida, is also
sculpted into the monument.
In 1872 on November 2nd, a little after the
unveiling of William Shakespeare Monument, the Sir Walter Scott Monument was
unveiled. There was a celebration at the unveiling and many people came and
spoke about Scott and the future he will impact or has impacted already.
As of 1936, the Scott Monument was repaired from the
years before from weather and the public. And then in 1993, the monument became
part of the Adopt-A-Monument Program. The monument is now funded by the Saint
Andrew’s Society, that now cares for and repairs any damages.
Sir Walter Scott was born in 1771 on August 15th.
He was born to a father who was lawyer and a mother whose father was a
physician. Scott had the best education, where he attended high school in Edinburgh
and went to grammar school as well. He was to become a lawyer like his father,
who he apprenticed under. Which he did not attend to for long because he wanted
concentrate on reading in different languages. He became a translator for
books. He translated works by John Dryden, who wrote the popular poem “Lady of
the Lake” and Jonathan Swift in his eighteenth and nineteenth volume books that
were published from 1808 to 1815.
By 1814, he became to tire from other people’s works
and decided to finish a book he started in 1805, which was his book “Waverley”.
It became a sensation of a novel and of of his most popular. Then over the next
couple of years, he wrote “Ivanhoe”, “Rob Roy”, “The Heart of Midlothian” and “The
Bride of Lammermoor”.
In 1832, he died due to heart complications. He never
really became rich for his writings but he would become world famous for his contribution
to Scotland history, where he was able to find the crown jewels that were
hidden for 100 years in Edinburgh Castle and that of his own writings, that are
still read today.