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Charles Cary Rumsey (1879-1922), Nike part of Victory Group, undated; bronze, Overall: 10 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 3 in. (26 x 8.3 x 7.6 cm); Mary A.H. Rumsey Bequest, 1991

Charles Cary Rumsey (1879-1922), Nike part of Victory Group, undated; bronze, Overall: 10 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 3 in. (26 x 8.3 x 7.6 cm); Mary A.H. Rumsey Bequest, 1991

In 1919 Rumsey competed for the design of a victory monument that would top a triumphal arch being designed by Thomas Hastings. His classical image of winged victory, the ancient Greek goddess Nike, flanked by six horses and two plowmen did not win the commission. A few years later he designed a different Nike motif for a World War I memorial that was created for Zion Park in Brooklyn. --Nancy Weekly