An image of Image of design for the head of the figure on the pedestal of the Formia war memorial by Dora Ohlfsen

Dora Ohlfsen

(Australia 22 Aug 1869 – 07 Feb 1948)

Image of design for the head of the figure on the pedestal of the Formia war memorial by Dora Ohlfsen

Location
Not on display
Further information

Through the patronage of her friend, Duke Fulco Tosti di Valminuta, Dora Ohlfsen was entrusted with the design for a war memorial at the naval base of Formia, near Naples. She began work on the memorial in 1923, and received no payment. The memorial was dedicated on 18 July 1926 in the presence of the Admiral of the Italian fleet, the Archbishop of Gaeta and a number of war veterans.

This design shows that Ohlfsen originally intended a male figure for the pedestal of her war memorial, a type of the god Mercury. However, the completed memorial included a female figure on the pedestal.

Year
circa 1924
Media
Photograph
Medium
copy print of a gelatin silver photograph
Dimensions
24.5 x 19.5 cm image
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
National Art Archive. Gift of Dora Stanford 1995
Accession number
ARC366.1.20